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Academic Profile

MA (University of the North, South Africa), PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

I joined the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town in 2001. My background as a human geographer dates back to my years at the University of the North (Turfloop), where (Bra) Sipho Talane cultivated my interest in South Africa's socio-political and development challenges and the world economy. I have since refined my main research and teaching interests within the subfields of political geography and political ecology.

Current Teaching: I convene the first year course on Geography, Development, and Environment (EGS1003S); teach a module on Society and Nature at third year level (EGS3022S); and convene and teach the honours course on Capital, Politics and Nature (EGS4016S).

Research Interests

My research interests are in four different but related themes of borders, regions, land reform and transfrontier conservation. I use these themes to engage with broader debates on the conceptions and institutionalization of borders and their (im)materiality, territorial politics, regionalisms, and the society-nature relations.



Major Monographs

McCusker, B., W. Moseley, and M. Ramutsindela. 2016. Land Reform in South Africa: Uneven Transformation. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. (978-1-4422-0716-5).

Ramutsindela, M., M. Spierenburg, and H. Wels. 2011. Sponsoring Nature: Environmental Philanthropy for Conservation. London: Earthscan/Routledge.

Ramutsindela, M. 2007. Transfrontier Conservation in Africa: At the Confluence of Capital, Politics and Nature. Wallingford and Boston MA: CABI

Ramutsindela, M. 2004. Parks and People in Postcolonial Societies: Experiences in Southern Africa. Dordrecht, Boston and London: Kluwer (Springer).


Major Edited Books:

Ramutsindela, M., G. Miescher, and M. Boehi (eds). 2016. The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa. Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien. ISBN: 978-3-905758-77-1.

Ramutsindela, M. (ed).  2014. Cartographies of Nature: How Nature Conservation Animates Borders, New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Major Journal Articles

Ramutsindela, M. 2017. Greening Africa’s borderlands: The symbiotic politics of land and borders in peace parks. Political Geography, 56: 106-113. 

Ramutsindela, M. and I. Sinthumule. 2016. Property and difference in nature conservation. Geographical Review. DOI: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2016.12208.x

Büscher, B. and M. Ramutsindela. 2016. Green violence: rhino poaching and the war to save southern Africa’s peace parks. African Affairs 115(458): 1-22.

Ramutsindela, M. 2016. Wildlife Crime and State Security in South(ern) Africa: An Overview of Developments, Politikon, 43:2, 159-171.

Ramutsindela, M. 2015. Extractive philanthropy: securing labour and land claim settlement in private nature reserves. Third World Quarterly 36(12): 2259-2272.

Ramutsindela, M. and M. Shabangu. 2013. Conditioned by neoliberalism: a reassessment of land claim resolutions in the Kruger National Park. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 31(3): 441-456.

Ramutsindela, M. 2013. Experienced regions and borders: the challenge for transactional approaches. Regional Studies 47(1): 43-54.

Ramutsindela, M. and C. Noe. 2012. Scalar thickening: Wildlife Management Areas and conservation scales in southeast Tanzania. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 33(1): 137-151.

Ramutsindela, M. 2009. The interconnections between environmental philanthropy and business: insights from the Southern African Nature Foundation. Transformation 70: 54-69.

Ramutsindela, M. 2008. The contours of political transformation and conservation areas in southern Africa. Geography Compass 2(2): 359-374.

Ramutsindela, M. 2007. Resilient geographies: land, boundaries and the consolidation of the former bantustans in post-1994 South Africa. Geographical Journal 173(1): 43-55.

Dixon, J. and M. Ramutsindela. 2006. Urban resettlement and environmental Justice in Cape Town. Cities 23(2): 129-139.

Ramutsindela, M. 2004. Glocalisation and nature conservation strategies in 21-century southern Africa, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 95(1): 61-72.

Ramutsindela, M. 2003. Land reform in South Africa's national parks: a catalyst for the human-nature nexus. Land Use Policy 20(1): 41-49.

Ramutsindela, M. 2002. The perfect way to ending a painful past? Makuleke land deal in South Africa. Geoforum 33(1): 15-24.

Ramutsindela, M. 2002. The philosophy of progress and South African geography. South African Geographical Journal 84(1): 4-11.

Ramutsindela, M. 2001. Down the post-colonial road: reconstructing the post-apartheid state in South Africa. Political Geography 20(1): 57-84.

Ramutsindela, M. 1999. African boundaries and their interpreters. Geopolitics 4 (2): 180-198.

Ramutsindela, M. and D. Simon. 1999. The politics of territory and place in post-apartheid South Africa: the disputed area of Bushbuckridge. Journal of Southern African Studies 25(3): 479-498.

Ramutsindela, M. 1998. The changing meanings of South Africa's internal boundaries. Area 30(4): 291-299.


Major Book Chapters

Ramutsindela, M. 2016. ‘Nature’s regions’: the mobilisation of cultural landscapes for conservation. In Beardsley. J (ed) Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa 373-396. Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks.

Ramutsindela, M. and C. Noe. 2015. Bordering and scalar thickening in nature conservation. In R. Bryant (ed). International Handbook of Political Ecology, pp. 501-514. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Ramutsindela, M. 2015. Transfrontier Conservation and land reform policy. In B. Cousins, and C. Walker (eds). Land Divided Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century, pp. 175-190. Cape Town: Jacana.

Sinthumule, I. and M. Ramutsindela. 2014. Bordering the transfrontier: conservation and borders in transnational context. In M. Ramutsindela (ed). Cartographies of Nature: How Nature Conservation Animates Borders, 169-192. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ramutsindela, M. 2011. Transfrontier conservation and the spaces of regionalisms. In T.M. Shaw., J.A. Grant, and C. Scarlett (eds). The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalism, pp. 362-373. Farnham: Ashgate.

Ramutsindela, M. 2007. Scaling peace parks and peacemakers in transfrontier conservation. In S.H. Ali, (ed). Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution, pp. 69-81. Cambridge: MA: MIT Press.

Fairhurst, J., M. Ramutsindela, and U. Bob. 2004. Social movements, protest and Resistance. In L.A. Staeheli, E. Kofman and L. Peake (eds). Mapping Women, Making Politics: Feminist Perspectives on Political Geography, pp. 199-208. New York: Routledge.

Meadows, M.E. and Ramutsindela, M. 2004. Conservation, preservation and heritage. In D.T. Herbert and J.A. Matthews (eds). Unifying Geography: Common Heritage, Shared Future, pp. 305-317. London: Routledge.