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Hayley  Leck

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Organization: Visiting Scholar
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Degree: SocSsci G

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Visiting Scholar

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Hayley Leck completed her degree in Environmental Studies and honours degree in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal Holloway University, London, in the Geography Department. Presently, Hayley is in Durban to conduct her fieldwork.

Broadly, her research focuses on opportunities and constraints to adapting to global environmental change (GEC) in the eThekwini and Ugu District municipalities. Specific emphasis is on the human dimensions of adaptation to GEC, while recognising the coupled nature of social and ecological systems. Case studies are selected from across the rural-urban continuum and comprise low, middle and high income communities. The research is conducted through the lens of political ecology and is underpinned by environmental and social justice concerns in relation to vulnerability and adaptation to GEC.


Academic Paper: Joint paper written with Supervisor Prof David Simon - presented at the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Conference, Norway, June 2009. Submitted for journal publication and possible book chapter.

Postgraduate Thesis (Honours): 90 % Summa Cum Laude

Thesis Title:
A Discourse Analysis of the Policy and Regulations Banning 4x4 Vehicles on South African Beaches: The Case of Mtunzini

Undergraduate Research Project: 85%

2006 - Garlicke and Bouschfield Environmental Law Award: Awarded to top student

Certificate of Merits achieved for 18 Modules as follows:

Postgraduate Modules:

Sustainable Development
Concepts and Research Methods
Urban Studies
Conservation and Society
Environmental Education

Undergraduate Modules:

Sociology 3A
Environmental Management
Tourism Studies
Sustainable Cities
Environmental Law
Geography Research Project
Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Sociology 2A
Sociology 2B
History 2B
Environmental Assessment
Geographies of Urban and Rural Change
Language, Text and Context

2005 and 2006: Deanís Commendation

Golden Key International Honour Society Membership:
Awarded to the top 15% University Students

References Available on Request
(For immediate Reference please contact Professor David Simon at Royal Holloway University, London: or Professor Dianne Scott at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa:

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