Kate Pringle


Supervisors: Prof. Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs

Field of research

  • Ecosystem services and human well-being linkages
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Water management and governance


Catherine (Kate) Pringle has more than 12 years’ experience in the fields of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and water resource management. She holds a BSc Agriculture degree in Wildlife Science and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law from the University of Natal. She is currently registered for a PhD at Stellenbosch University. Her doctoral research applies a social-ecological systems lens to explore how water governance may be better designed to promote social cohesion to build resilience of water security as a societal goal.

Kate is employed by the Institute of Natural Resources NPC as a Principal Scientist in their Ecosystems Group. Her work focuses on the interface of ecosystems and human well-being, particularly the ecological systems and processes that underpin ecosystem service provision at a landscape level, the impacts of land-use change on service provision, and the development of indicators to measure service delivery. She has been involved in a number of collaborative projects across South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya and South Sudan.