Hi! My name is Roddy Fox. I am from Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. I studied for my PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and subsequently became an academic at Kenyatta University, Kenya (1979-85) and Rhodes University, South Africa (1985 to present). Most weeks I post into my blog at http://roddyfox.wordpress.com - please visit to see what I am involved with and passionate about. I am currently involved in trying to establish a Sustainable African Futures Academy which would be centred at Rhodes University with partners across sub-Saharan Africa offering modules for a collaborative PhD programme. If you want to get a flavour of what that futures studies might mean you could look at http://africanfutures.wordpress.com. I have a long standing interest in the development of peripheral regions. Part of that has taken place in the rural areas and small towns of South Africa.
ABOUT OUR RESEARCH
My research is going to focus on how climate change has affected resource availability, especially water, in rural areas of the Transkei Region, and whether this has been the driver behind the changes in land use, from agriculture to kitchen gardens, in the communities who live there.