FLOW: Fostering Local Wellbeing

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Leonie co-wrote the short book which captures the stories of FLOW: 'a two-year long... research project that took place in two South African municipalities, from August 2014 to September 2016. The project engaged out-of-work, out-of-school local youth to build both individual and community capacity to thrive and innovate in the face of the growing challenges of climate change, resource depletion and inequality.' 

Photo © Sam Reinders 

Leonie worked with EMG for a year to assist this civil society organisation with spreading the word about the important work they do in the overlaps between environment and social justice. 

Part of this gig was to write EMG's Untold Stories

WWF-South Africa

Better production for a living planet 2013 - written and adapted for WWF-SA’s case studies on market transformation initiatives in the soft commodities. Download the report here.




South African National Biodiversity Institute


Life: the State of South Africa’s Biodiversity, 2013

Adapted from the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s State of Biodiversity Report 2012. Download the report here







Making a Case for Biodiversity, 2014

'A series of ten case studies that demonstrate how the wise management of biodiversity and ecological infrastructure contributes to economic and social development has recently been completed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The case studies further warn of how poor environmental management can drain municipal coffers and increase the vulnerability of marginalised communities.'

Environmental Policy Research Unit, UCT

Leonie has been working with EPRU, the local chapter of the Sweden-based Environment for Development (EfD) initiative, to popularise the research coming from this branch of the School of Economics. 

African Centre for Cities, UCT

Cape of Storms takes work done by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) and the Stockholm Environment Institute to explore the dynamic nature of the Cape coastline. This eBook looks at how stormy seas, rising sea levels, ecologically sensitive beaches, dunes and river mouths, and urban development all interact along the coast, making it a complex space to manage.

Read the eBook here

Photo © Rodger Bosch 

African Climate Development Initiative, UCT

Rising Waters- working together on Cape Town's flooding. This report, released in October 2013, is based on three years' worth of research from the Flooding in Cape Town under Climate Risk (FliCCR) project.

Leonie worked with the team to compile a series of personal accounts of those living in flood affected areas, to the challenges facing the local government officials in the City of Cape Town. The report gives insights into the complexities related to managing the problem of urban flooding in a growing urban city like Cape Town.

Download the full report here

Marie Stopes

Choice, 2012. Following a three week trip to key clinics in South Africa, Leonie wrote this magazine for the non-governmental organisation Marie Stopes. It deals mostly with reproductive health.