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Leocadia Zhou

Leocadia Zhou

University of Fort Hare

Programme Director
Risk & Vulnerability Assessment Centre
Faculty of Science & Agriculture

Biography

Leocadia Zhou has completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Dr Zhou research expertise is in the area of biodiversity conservation, with extended interest in climate change impacts on food security. Currently she is the Programme Director of the Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) at the University of Fort Hare. The RVSC’s mandate is to generate and disseminate knowledge on risk and vulnerability on global change challenges to local municipalities and other potential users, in so doing provide knowledge brokering support for effective use of the South African Risk Vulnerability Atlas initiated by the Department of Science and Technology. Dr. Zhou’s activities revolve around governance, networking, research, and student training. She supervises Masters and PhD students recruited under the RVSC. Dr Zhou has produced 2 book chapters in press and has also published papers on food security and biodiversity conservation in international refereed journals. Dr Zhou serves as a project steering committee member of the Eastern Cape Anti-Poverty- Food Security.

Research

Zhou research expertise is in the area of biodiversity conservation, with extended interest in climate change impacts on food security.