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.
Tribute to David Bayley
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 - 11:15

We both knew and loved David Bayley for almost 50 years. Throughout that time he was recognised as the world’s leading international comparative policing scholar. Since his death many tributes from fellow academics have been published, in which the highlights of his academic career, his prolific publication record, and his significant contributions to the development of policing scholarship have been recounted. And in 2015, an exceptional chronicle and appreciation of his life and career to date was published by an English police officer, Richard Heslop (2015). So we do not feel that we need to go over all that ground again here. Rather, in what follows, we explain what were David’s particular qualities that we experienced that made him such a cherished colleague, mentor, inspiration and personal friend for all those years that we had the privilege of knowing him

Emerald Studies in Plural Policing: A new book series
Sat, 23 May 2020 - 19:15

It has become a truism that policing is no longer the exclusive domain of the police, but is rather carried out by a wide range of public, private and voluntary actors. Over the past three or so decades, our comparative understanding of ‘plural policing’ has moved forward considerably. An ever-growing number of scholars have contributed towards the process of mapping out both the multiplicity of actors tasked with delivering policing functions on the ground and the array of regulatory structures responsible for steering these functions from above. Much less is known, however, about what happens when these policing actors and regulatory structures interact with one another on a daily basis. This new book series aims to address this gap.

A conservation criminology-based desk assessment of vulture poisoning in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area
Thu, 14 May 2020 - 18:30

Vulture declines are uniquely problematic for socioecological systems because they are nature's most important scavengers. Intentional and unintentional poisoning, human-wildlife conflict, energy infrastructure, belief-based use, and illegal hunting activities remain threats to vulture populations across Africa. Conservation stakeholders have identified evidence that a number of vulture species in particular ecosystems are being systematically targeted by poisoning with potentially significant effects on human, wildlife and ecosystem health. We explored the extent to which an interdisciplinary expert-team approach linking conservation and criminology could help inform efforts to prevent poisoning of Africa's vultures. Annette Hubschle,  is one of the co-authors of this article.

How some corporations can have positive impact in communities
Mon, 27 Apr 2020 - 12:00

What is the role of corporations in addressing grand challenges? Grand challenges are complex, pressing social and ecological problems involving diverse actors. They defy straightforward solutions. Read more>>

Corona fires hunt for South Africa's wildlife - elephant, rhinoceros as unnoticed virus victims
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 - 04:15

Senior Research Officer, Annette Hubschle, says "Now more than ever we need to explore ways of supporting village communities around protected areas" in an interview with  Markus Schönher on

GRG welcomes visiting PhD candidate Thuli Montana from Durham University
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 - 00:00

Phellecitus Thuli Montana is a PhD Candidate in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at Durham University. Her PhD is centred on the politics and ethics of water security in Cape Town, South Africa, following the 2015-2018 water crisis. 

Water (in)security: The Art of Resilience
Thu, 19 Mar 2020 - 15:00

Research in the Art of Resilience project, Global Risk Governance programme,  has taken a look at the effects of people opting for off-grid solutions in response to recent periods of drought. 


New Publications on building Resilience in the Anthropocene
Tue, 10 Mar 2020 - 08:45

Recent publications give an overview of the Global Risk Governance programme research project ‘the Art of Resilience’, a joint project with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (CICC), University of Montreal and the Global Risk Governance, Programme, UCT. The aim of the project is to understand how security professionals are responding to disruptive and unanticipated events. A key lens for this analysis is exploring how such professionals use the concept of resilience to understand and act across unfamiliar domains which are currently poorly secured - namely the ‘new worlds’ of the Anthropocene and cyberspace.

‘Partial Functional Redundancy’: An Expression of Household Level Resilience in Response to Climate Risk - open access
Tue, 03 Mar 2020 - 12:45

Simpson, Nicholas & Shearing, Clifford & Dupont, Benoit. (2020). 'Partial functional redundancy': An expression of household-level resilience in response to climate risk. Climate Risk Management. 28. 10.1016/j.crm.2020.100216

This article extends ecological framings of resilience into socio-ecological and governance domains for urban infrastructure managers concerned with climate risk. Under moments of disruption, reliable and equitable access to adequate provision of public goods is anticipated to be increasingly challenging in cities across the world due to observed and anticipated disruptions of climate change and variability on city-wide infrastructures. Many cities facing such conditions are seeing rapid population and infrastructure growth enhancing exposure and vulnerability.

Gated Adaptation during the Cape Town Drought: Mentalities, Transitions and Pathways to Partial Nodes of Water Security
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 - 08:45

This article by Nick Simpson and Clifford Shearing, GRG, together with Benoit Dupont, University of Montreal, illustrates how mentalities govern private responses to risk.  This article highlights the importance of mental frames in the selection of adaptation pathways. 

To Stop Wildlife Crime, Conservationists Ask Why People Poach
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 - 08:30

Most people imprisoned in Nepal for wildlife crime share two things in common: they did not understand the seriousness of their offense, and they had little conception of how profoundly it would impact not only their lives but also the lives of their families.

According to Annette Hübschle, a criminologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, who was not involved in the Nepal research but has interviewed rhino poachers in South Africa and Mozambique, the study provides “important, novel perspectives” on the motivations, drivers and impacts of people who engage in wildlife crime in Nepal. Yet she would have liked to see a deeper analysis on whether historical injustices, land evictions and political marginalization motivated people to retaliate or seek to reclaim land perceived as unfairly taken from them. Hübschle also wonders whether offenders agree or disagree with anti-poaching rules. In southern Africa, for example, some communities contest the illegality of poaching, pointing out that hunting was their right prior to colonization. In Nepal, she says, “future research might want to explore this in more detail.”

Evolving Securities Initiative - ESI Highlights
Mon, 23 Dec 2019 - 18:15

This edition of the ESI highlights explores the re-imaginings that ESI members are undertaking, their efforts in reshaping responses to new harmscapes and what spurs them on in their quest - be it an out-of-the-box podcast or a book worth re-reading.