Nadia Sitas has a PhD in Conservation Ecology from the University of Stellenbosch, which she completed through a Transdisciplinary Doctoral Programme on Sustainability Science. She is currently a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa where she specialises in transdisciplinary approaches for understanding complex issues related to the governance of social-ecological systems. For almost a decade she has been involved in applied research where she has focussed on understanding knowledge exchange processes linked to mainstreaming the environment into various decision-making contexts. These mainstreaming activities have focused mainly on co-designing stakeholder engagement and social learning processes and developing user-inspired decision support tools related to endangered species management, ecosystem services, social-ecological resilience and development planning. Her research interests span both the social and ecological spheres with the majority of her experience in developing countries in Africa. Nadia is currently part of the IPBES Regional Assessment for Africa as a Young Fellow, is a regional Science Officer for the ecoSERVICES project (http://www.futureearth.org/ecoservices/what-we-do), and is involved in working groups of the Southern African Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS www.sapecs.org).

Recent publications

  • Sitas, N., J.E.M. Baillie, and N.J.B.  Isaac (2009) What are we saving? Developing a standardized approach for conservation action. Animal Conservation. (12) 3: 231-237.
  • Sitas, N., H.E. Prozesky, K. J. Esler, and B. Reyers (2014) Opportunities and challenges for mainstreaming ecosystem services in development planning: perspectives from a landscape level. Landscape Ecology 19(8): 1315-1331.
  • Sitas, N., H. E. Prozesky, K. J. Esler, and B. Reyers (2014) Exploring the gap between ecosystem service research and management in development planning. Sustainability 6(6): 3802-3824.
  • Reyers, B., J.L. Nel. P. J. O’Farrell, N. Sitas, D. Nel (2015) Navigating complexity through knowledge coproduction: Mainstreaming ecosystem services into disaster risk reduction PNAS 112(24): 7362-7368.
  • Bull, J., N. Jobstvogt, W. Joseph, M. Rawlins, N. Sitas, C. Baulcomb, A. Mascarenhas, A. Beohnke-Henrichs, C. Kombat and R. Koss (2015) A Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis of the ecosystem services framework. Ecosystem Services 17:99-111.
  • Sitas, N., B. Reyers, G. Cundill, H.E. Prozesky, J. Nel, K. J. Esler. Fostering collaboration for knowledge and action in disaster management in South Africa. COSUST 19:94-102
  • Willcock,  P. O’Farrell,  D. Hooftman, E. Perez, F. Eigenbrod,  N. Sitas, B. Reyers, F. Villa, C. Shackleton, and J. Bullock. Do ecosystem service maps and models meet stakeholder’s needs? A preliminary survey across sub-Saharan Africa. Ecosystem Services 18:110-117.

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