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
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 community engagement programme aimed at building capacity in young leaders.


Global Risk Governance programme

New Publication: The Policing of Flows: Challenging Contemporary Criminology
Tue, 27 Aug 2019 - 21:15

Rectifying the fact that little criminological attention has been paid to the notion that the security of flows increasingly embodies concerns at the heart of contemporary policing practices, this book contributes to knowledge about the policing and security governance of flows.

Climate Gating: A Case Study of Emerging Responses to Secure Resilience
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 - 14:30

GRGP scholars collaborate to provide an analysis of one of the major climate risks that have hit the Western Cape: water scarcity. Read the full article online >>>>

Evolving Securities Initiative
Wed, 07 Aug 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 the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, Glasgow University; the Governing and Policing Research Group, University of Ghent and the University of New South Wales. The Griffith Criminology Institute, with assistance from ProActive ReSolutions is the ESI’s coordinating node.The Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) was created with the aim of bringing together scholars and professionals from across the globe to develop responses to 21st century harmscapes.

Schattenwirtschaft: Die Macht der illegalen Märkte (Shadow markets: The might of illegal markets)
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 - 13:00

Counterfeit commodities and sweatshops in Argentina, diamonds in Sierra Leone and rhinoceros horn in southern Africa are the research themes of Matias Dewey, Nina Engwicht and Annette Hübschle in this forthcoming book, to be released in September 2019.

Neighbourhood Safety Handbook
Thu, 27 Jun 2019 - 12:15

A recent publication by John Cartwright and Clifford Shearing outlines principles to be considered in creating a safe environment. The handbook is supporting the Neighbourhood Safety Initiative undertaken with the City of Cape Town.

Resilience Think Tank 2019: Interrogating resilience in different contexts
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 - 18:45

GRGP post-doctoral fellow Dr. Nick Simpson joined other scholars and practitioners at the 2019 Resilience Think Tank. Dr. Simpson was part of a panel which considered the theme 'Interrogating resilience in different contexts'. The panel discussion was organised by the African Climate & Development Initiative, University of Cape Town and the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, University of Stellenbosch.

GRGP researcher engages with the Southern African Wildlife College on Wildlife Economy
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 - 13:00

GRGP's wildlife economy and criminology researcher, Dr Annette Hübschle-Finch, recently visited the Southern African Wildlife College, as part of a collaborative effort by the College to expands its applied research activities and build collaborative networks with other applied researchers.

Recent Publications
Mon, 03 Jun 2019 - 12:15

Recent publications by member of the Global Risk Governance programme include journal articles and a report on environmental security and policing.

Food Security through Environmental Education
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 15:30

Environmental Entrepreneurs Support Initiative (EESI), a programme of the GRG, is working with the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust and Beyond Expectation Environmental Project to encourage learners in disadvantaged communities to develop organic gardens in schools.

John Cartwright interviewed by Africa Melane of Cape Talk on Community Safety
Mon, 13 May 2019 - 11:30

John Cartwright, Co-coordinator of the Neighborhood Safety Initiative, Global Risk Governance programme was interviewed by Africa Melane on Cape Talk about neighbourhood watch groups and community safety.

Presentation on impact of rhino poaching & anti-poaching measures
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 14:15

On the 15 March 2019, Annette Hubschle gave a presentation to CITES Scientific Authority on the impact of rhino poaching & anti-poaching measures titled Taking Stock ahead of Cites CoP 18: Rhinos, poaching and local communities.

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.