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

Trafficking transformations: objects as agents in transnational criminal networks
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 09:00

Dr Donna Yates, University of Glasgow,  and her team, Prof Simon Mackenzie, Victoria University,  of the Trafficking Culture Project and Dr Annette Hübschle of the University of Cape Town have been awarded a large European Research Council Starting Grant. 

Lions eat men suspected of poaching rhinos. Some saw "karma"
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 13:30

Dr Annette Hübschle was interviewed by a New York Times reporter after lions killed and ate suspected rhino poachers at a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.

Insaka Symposium: Sustaining the ecosystem service benefits from green and ecological infrastructure
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 13:30

Annette Hübschle presented the preliminary findings of her research on communities and conservation at the Insaka International Symposium held at the Mopani Rest Camp in Kruger National Park from 11 to 14 June 2018.

Contested illegalities: Tracking il(legality) of contested collectibles from the source to the market
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 06:00

Annette Hübschle, postdoctoral researcher at the GRG, was awarded a Newton Mobility Flexibility Grant for the project “Contested illegalities: Tracking il(legality) of contested collectibles from the source to the market”.

Power, Profit and Sport
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:30

Based on research on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Dr. Sophie Nakueira, GRG research fellow,  asks what the legacy of the Russian World Cup will be?

Environmental and Economic Sustainability in the Development Sector
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 13:30

Dr Nick Simpson is working with Tearfund, an international NGO, to review and systematically explore academic and development practice literatures relating to environmental and economic sustainability.

GRG Research Assistant scores Yale Fellowship
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 20:00

GRG Research Assistant, Elkanah Babatunde, has been awarded a Yale-Fox Fellowship as part of his PhD research. Opportunity doesn’t always come a-knocking, sometimes you have to set out in search of it yourself. This is what Elkanah Babatunde, who is currently pursuing his PhD in the UCT Faculty of Law, recently learned when an application completed in the nick of time landed him the illustrious Yale Fox International Fellowship.

Interview with the South African Crime Quarterly
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 12:15

The South African Crime Quarterly (SACQ) interviewed GRG postdoctoral fellow, Nicholas Simpson on the water crisis in Cape Town. In this article, Nick discusses the water crisis and its impact on questions of vulnerability, risk and security and how the emerging GRG research agenda is approaching these critical issues.

Hot off the Press: Criminology and the Anthropocene
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:00

Criminology and the Anthropocene is a newly published book edited by Cameron Holley and Clifford Shearing, both of the Global Risk Governance programme. This book contains eight chapters by eminent scholars and is published by Routledge Publishers. It explores a variety of key intractable problems of the Anthropocene, including climate change and overexploitation of natural resources that cause environmental insecurities; crime and corruption; related human insecurity and fortressed spaces; and the rise of new risks and social harms. 

Review of 'Security in the Anthropocene Reflections on Safety and Care'
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:30

'Security in the Anthropocene Reflections on Safety and Care' by Cameron Harington and Clifford Shearing, both of the Global Risk Governance programme, was recently reviewed  by Simon Dalby (Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University) and can be found on the website of The Academic Council on the United Nations System:

Op-ed on Climate Change
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 11:15

Emma Lacavalier, a research fellow in the Global Risk Governance Programme, in an article in The Conversation, examines how America's cities and states have taken up the challenge of  fighting climate change globally. Since the Trump administration announced last June its intended withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, attention — and hope — has turned to America’s cities and states.

Reflection on the BEEP Mentorship Programme for 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 11:00

On the 20th October, Forty Beyond Expectation Environmental Project (BEEP) mentors gathered at the UCT Law Faculty to reflect on their year as mentors. A report of the day's reflection can be found here >>>.