At the Bottom of the Food Chain 

What is the power of Big Food - international food multinational organisations - in the food value chain in the Developing South, and how does this dominance contribute to poverty and inequality?

Leonie worked with the Civil Society Network, the Centre of Excellence: Food Security, and PLAAS teamed up to write At the Bottom of the Foodchain: small operators versus multinational corporations in the food systems of South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, India and China.

Heinrich Boll Foundation  


The energy 'landscape' in South Africa is  changing so quickly, that articles on the matter are almost out-of-date before the ink has even dried on them. This bi-monthly blog in 2015 and 2016 tries to keep pace with events. It's an exciting time to be writing about the energy transition in the Global South. 


Climate Governance in Africa - A Handbook for Journalists 

Photo © Sam Reinders 

Environmental Monitoring Group

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.




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. 

Energy Research Centre, UCT

Leonie has worked with the ERC team over the years to write popular styled reports based on their research, as well as policy briefs, and occasional rapporteur work and reports for the Mitigation Action Plans & Scenarios (MAPS) group run by SouthSouthNorth. 

Climate Systems and Analysis Group, UCT

CSAG has just begun work on the tough job of showing what the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) climate research findings mean for us in southern Africa. Leonie's helping design and 'message' this strategy. 

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

Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) 

The Food Dialogues Report was compiled following a ten-week programme which looked at questions around the urban food system, hosted by the Oranjezicht City Farm in May and June 2014.

The Farm - coming soon, a book on the OZCF, written by Leonie, with volunteers from this innovative urban farming project. 



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.