Head of Life Sciences at the University of Namibia visits Bath Spa University

Posted on July 12, 2019

Dr Selma Lendelvo, Head of Life Sciences Division of the Multi-Disciplinary Research Centre of the University of Namibia, visited Bath Spa University to meet with relevant faculty and professional services staff and to present a seminar on her research hosted by the Centre for Environmental Humanities and Chaired by Professor Sian Sullivan. Dr Lendelvo sits on Namibia’s Nature Conservation Board (Ministry of Environment and Tourism) and is a national expert on the diverse benefits and tensions that can arise between wildlife conservation and local welfare in Namibia. The University of Namibia is one of our newest GALA partners. It is a sizeable university (25,000 students) with 12 faculties and schools. The University of Namibia joined GALA in July 2018. There is an overview of the University of Namibia on the GALA website: http://gala.network/university-of-namibia/2019/01/30/welcome-to-the-university-of-namibia/ Dr Selma Lendelvo’s University profile: http://www.unam.edu.na/staff/selma-lendelvo The goal of the Multi-Disciplinary Research Centre at the University of Namibia is to be an internationally recognized Center of Excellence for innovative, applied research in the fields of socio-economic and natural resource management and development of Namibian products based on local knowledge and resources. Dr Lendelvo’s visit to Bath Spa is supported by the UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund, whose aim is to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Bath Spa has been awarded three years of GCRF funding specifically to facilitate large GCRF bids, and part of that funding is specifically focused on collaborations with our four African GALA partners: AAU, Wits, Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Kenya), and the University of Namibia. GCRF overview: https://www.ukri.org/research/global-challenges-research-fund/ Dr Lendelvo came to university as a collaborator of Professor Sian Sullivan and with the additional support of the AHRC/BSU Future Pasts project (www.futurepasts.net).