Philile MbathaPhilile Mbatha

PhD Candidate

The influence of multiple governance systems on coastal livelihood strategies – the case of Kosi Bay
Supervisors: Assoc Profs Merle Sowman and Rachel Wynberg

I was born and raised in Umlazi township near the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Currently, I am a 2nd year PhD Candidate in the Environmental and Geographical Science Department at the University of Cape Town, where I also completed my Masters degree. Prior to that, I completed my Bachelors and Honours degrees in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. My main research interests are within marine science and coastal governance in the Western Indian Ocean and through my studies I have obtained vast experience in the research field working with poor and marginalised communities, as well as in coastal resource management and policy issues. I am also interested in human rights issues connected to marine and coastal governance processes in rural areas of South Africa.

My Masters project was titled ‘Sharing benefits from coastal resources with rural communities in South Africa: The influence of institutional arrangements’, with case studies focused on the fisheries, mining and tourism sectors in South Africa. This project was funded by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), The David and Elaine Potter Foundation and the National Research Foundation. My PhD research entitled, ‘The influence of multiple governance systems on rural coastal livelihoods: The case of Kosi Bay’ is also inspired by my interests focused on understanding issues surrounding coastal governance in rural areas in South Africa, for the sake of making a contribution to the improvement of livelihood security in rural communities. My other personal interests include travel, hiking, teaching/tutoring, writing and cooking.