IDEAS at Society of South African Geographers 2018 Conference

The IDEAS team members, Dr. Mwazvita S. Dalu, Dr. Reuben L. Lembani and Prof Ashley Gunter, attended the South African Geographical Conference in October.  The University of the Free State hosted the biennial Conference with the theme: “GEOGRAPHY AND COMMUNITY-Research, learning, impact”.

The conference was a great way of reaching the South African Geographical community and various academics contributed to discussions around the importance of Geography within contemporary change, management and governance. The conference outlined the need to investigate and communicate through geography, which involves converging academics and sponsors from all levels of geography education from southern Africa.  Keynote speakers included Prof Visser from Stellenbosch University and Prof Oldfield from the University of Cape Town.  A number of sessions were held with topics from the Geography of Education to Rural Landscapes.

Our team, led by Mwazvita, presented an oral paper titled: Facilitating Equitable Access and Quality Education for Development: South African International Distance Education.  A technical issue meant the projector stopped working just before our presentation so this was truly an oral presentation!  However, it was well received with a lot of interest and questions. 

The team then went on to present other papers at the conference with a combined total of seven papers presented by the team. The hallmark of the conference was the interactive nature of the event, which provided an avenue to network, share research outputs and build knowledge.

Dr. Reuben L. Lemban



Mar 19 2019

IDEAS Project End Event

Professor Parvati Raghuram, Professor Bart Rienties and Dr Markus Roos Breines visited South Africa to mark the end of the IDEAS project. UNISA’s annual ‘Research and Innovation Week’ offered a great opportunity to present key findings from the research project to a large audience.

Sep 27 2018

Nordic Africa Days 2018

September has been a busy month for many of the team members of the IDEAS project. As we are moving into a phase where the main priority is to write up our findings in the coming months, the input we have gained from conferences and workshops will be very useful. The latest conference where I have presented findings from the IDEAS project was the Nordic Africa Days in Uppsala, Sweden.

Sep 27 2018

African Studies Association of the UK biennial conference 2018

In September, 2018, the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) conference took place in Birmingham, UK, which provided the IDEAS Project with an opportunity to share initial findings with a diverse audience. With more than 800 participants at the conference, there were a number of relevant panels and discussions that gave new insights into current research in Africa.