Dr. Odirilwe Selomane


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Field of research

  • Ecosystem services
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Sustainable development


Odirilwe is interested in interactions between social and ecological systems, particularly how to quantify and monitor how these change overtime. His work on ecosystem services or nature’s contributions to people uses census and other publicly available data to quantify how the direct use of local ecosystems are changing in South Africa. Recently he started exploring how complexity science can be beneficial to the design and implementation of sustainable development monitoring; using Sustainable Development Goals as a case to demonstrate some of the ways in which a complexity lens can help improve monitoring. His other recent interests include thinking about how inequity fits into and is addressed within the development and sustainability narrative. He thinks there is a lot of potential in existing datasets!

Odi is the Director of PECS.