ngaya_smlNgaya Munuo

Post-doctoral Fellow

I am interested in law, science and politics. In combination, I believe they can provide an explanation of why a particular course of action is taken. Originally from Tanzania, I now call Cape Town ‘home’ since my tertiary education has brought me here. I have a background in both geography and law – I obtained an undergraduate degree in Geography and a Masters in Law from the University of the Western Cape and completed a PhD in Law at UCT. I did my PhD thesis on the topical issue of designing a legal framework to Reduce and Control Emissions from Land Deforestation and Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks (REDD+) in Indonesia and Tanzania. Some of the other studies I have completed include intellectual property rights, climate change law and policy and Geographic Information System (GIS).

Areas of post-doctoral research I would like to focus on involve the identification of the impacts of intellectual property rights on small-scale farmers; as well as the identification of successful approaches to access and benefit sharing for genetic resources in South Africa. My other responsibilities include lecturing and co-supervision of Honours and Masters students in 2017 and 2018. Areas of possible research supervision include climate law, energy law and policy, GIS, land use planning, and environmental law. When I am not doing academic work, I like to play chess, watch or play soccer, or hang out at places where I can listen and dance to house music.