Welcome to GRG
The Global Risk Governance programme, Law Faculty, University of Cape Town, researches environmental insecurities by exploring new emerging risk landscapes and their governance that are shaping the 21st Century securities.
Our Research
A particular focus of the research programme is on understanding the new and emerging risk landscapes and their governance that are shaping 21st Century securities.
Our people
Our People
The Global Risk Governance programme team consists of an international and multidisciplinary group of researchers and postgraduate students.
The Environmental Entrepreneurs Support Initiative (EESI) is a social responsibility focused project aimed at building capacity in young leaders.


Global Risk Governance programme

Evolving Securities Initiative
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 - 11:00

The Global Risk Governance programme, University of Cape Town,  is a co-ordinating node in the Evolving Securities Initiative in Cape Town,  Other nodes include Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, Glasgow University; Governing and Policing Research Group, University of Ghent and University of New South Wales. The Griffith Criminology Institute, with assistance from ProActive ReSolutions is the ESI’s coordinating node.

Discourses of Predator Persecution under Livestock and Game Farming, and its Implications for Conservation in South Africa
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 - 10:15

Dr. Tariro Kamuti, Postdoctoral fellow, in the Global Risk Governance programme, is undertaking research together with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) into predator persecution.

One of the biggest drivers of rhino extinction is social inequality
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 - 07:30

An op-ed, written by Terry Westby-Nunn,  published in the Daily Maverick on the 4 December 2018 discusses a recent report Ending Wildlife Trafficking: Local communities as change agents from UCT’s Global Risk Governance programme authored by senior researcher Dr Annette Hübschle with Prof. Clifford Shearing.

To end wildlife trafficking, engage with local communities
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 11:45


The University of Cape Town News website published an interview with GRG researcher Annette Hubschle on a recent report titled Ending Wildlife Trafficking.

Farewell and Welcome to Postgraduate fellows at the GRG
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 10:00

 Welcome to Dr. Tariro Kamuti a postdoctoral fellow who is undertaking research into the ‘wildlife economy” supported by the  South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).  Dr. Annette Hubschle, is currently the holder of a SANBI postdoc with a focus on the wildlife ranching economy. Farewell to Dr. Louise du Toit  and Dr. Nick Simpson who have completed their current postdoctoral fellowships. Louise’s postdoctoral research explored climate change mitigation and insurance. Nick has been exploring the governance of harms through the lens of resilience.

Invitation to seminar  on "Ending Wildlife Trafficking: Communities as Change Agents" on 25th October
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 - 12:30

The Global Risk Governance programme, University of Cape Town and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime invite you to a seminar  on "Ending Wildlife Trafficking: Communities as Change Agents".The seminar will be held on Thursday 25th October 2018 from 12:30 to 14:30. 

Recent Publications
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 - 12:15

Recent publications by member of the Global Risk Governance programme include journal articles and a report on environmental security and policing. The full text of "A systematic review of how vulnerability of smallholder agricultural systems to changing climate is assessed in Africa" is available through open access.

Ending wildlife trafficking: Local communities as agents of change. Talk at the University of Sheffield on the 15th October 2018
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 - 11:45

Annette Hübschle (GRG) will be presenting the findings of the research project on the enrolments, leverages and incentive structures of legal and illegal wildlife economies at the University of Sheffield on 15 October 2018. Dr. Hübschle's talk will be based on a just released report, 'Ending wildlife trafficking: Local communities as agents of change'.

Evidence to Action Symposium 9th October 2018 Zoological Society, London
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 - 09:15

Francis Massé of the University of Sheffield and Annette Hübschle, GRG, are co-hosting a mini-workshop at the Evidence to Action Symposium.  More than 250 International Wildlife Trade experts will come together at the symposium to explore how evidence can help prompt effective policy and action against illegal trade in wildlife.  At Francis and Annette's mini-workshop, a diverse set of scholars will explore policy, practice, rationales and impacts of wildlife protection economies.

Annette Hubschle is named by "Current Sociology" as Sociologist of the month!
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 - 10:30

Current Sociology have named Annette Hubschle as "Sociologist of the month". They have granted free access during September to her article "The social economy of rhino poaching: Of economic freedom fighters, professional hunters and marginalized local people".

Annette Hubschle presents on the fight against the illegal wildlife trade in the Seychelles
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 - 14:15

At the request of the Eastern and Southern African Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) Annette Hubschle was asked to provide her expertise at the 4th ESAAMLG AML/CFT Public-Private Sector Dialogue (PPSD) in  Male, the Seychelles  from the 7th to 8th September 2018. Annette spoke about the prospects for ‘follow the money’ methodologies  in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

Ending Wildlife Trafficking: Communities as Change Agents
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 - 13:30

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime published a report titled Ending Wildlife Trafficking: Communities as Change Agents in August 2018. The report was written by Annette Hubschle with Clifford Shearing of the Global Risk Governance programme, University of Cape Town.