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.
Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations Build Community Resilience
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 - 20:00

A recently published journal article in the Journal of Business Ethics by Ralph Hamann, Lulamile Makaula, Gina Ziervogel, Clifford Shearing and Alan Zhang titled 'Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations build Community Resilience' is available online through open-access. The article explores why and how corporations seek to build community resilience as a strategic response to grand challenges. 

Annette Hubschle appointed to the National Wildlife Poisoning Prevention Working Group (NWPPWG)
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 09:45

Dr Annette Hubschle, a senior researcher, with the Global Risk Governance programme, Law Faculty, University of Cape Town, has been appointed to the National Wildlife Poisoning Prevention Working Group (NWPPWG).

South Africa's struggle to manage wildlife ranching
Sun, 17 Nov 2019 - 16:45

Dr Tariro Kamuti, SANBI postdoctoral fellow, in the Global Risk Governance programme, Law Faculty, UCT, has a recent opinion piece in The Conversation titled 'South Africa's struggle to manage wildlife ranching.'

Special Issue on Governing Energy Transitions: Unconventional Gas, Renewables and their Environmental Nexus
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 - 10:30

Special Issue on Governing Energy Transitions, of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal (EPLJ Vol 36 Part 5), co-edited by Cameron Holley, Amanda Kennedy, Tariro Mutongwizo and Clifford Shearing.

Public Safety, Nodes and Governance: A Chat with Clifford Shearing
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - 10:15

Among scholars of law and crime and practitioners of public safety, there is a pervasive view that only the public police can or should protect the public interest. Further, the prevailing perception is that the public police pre-dominantly governs through crime—that is, acts on harms as detrimental to the public good. We argue that governing harm through crime is not always the most effective way of producing public safety and security and that the production of public safety is not limited to public police forces. An approach of governing-through-harm that uses a variety of noncrime strategies and private security agents as participants in public safety is often more effective— and more legitimate—than the predominant governing- through-crime approach.

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.