The river multiple: An ethnography of relating to the Kuils River in Cape Town
Nikiwe’s PhD research focus is on the Kuils River Multiple, an ethnography of the entanglement of an urban river in Cape Town with the social, economic and political worlds of the city, as well as interrogating imagined futures of the city in relation to the river. Her other research interests lie in human-nature relationships in the Anthropocene with a focus on soil and water, infrastructure, modernity and decolonilaity from the global south.
Nikiwe is a Lecturer of Environmental Anthropology and a senior PhD candidate in the EHS programme at UCT. She is co-editor, with Associate Professors Lesley Green and Virginia MacKenny, of an upcoming book preliminarily titled ‘Resistance is Fertile! On being sons and daughters of the soil’.