Department of Environmental Sciences

Mrs T McKay

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer

Currently teaching

  • Integrated Environmental Management (4806)

Completed MSc projects under my supervision:

  • Rethabile Sehlabi 2010: Commercial organic composting: A case study of the Panorama Composting Plant, City of Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Bridget Thovlahake 2011: Retrofitting to lower energy consumption: Comparing two commercial buildings in Sandton, Johannesburg.
  • Paul Monare 2012: Neighbourhood renewal in Parkhurst, Johannesburg: A case study of gentrification?
  • Yagneshni Govende-Ragubeer 2013: The challenge of protecting urban wetlands from destruction : a case study of the Libradene wetland, Boksburg, Gauteng.
  • Nandarani Maistry 2013: Energy Efficiency at a South African Higher Education Institution: A case study of the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, University of Johannesburg.
  • Debbie Machard 2014: A case study of the socio-economic impacts of the school commute within the inner city of Johannesburg. 

Current MSc students:

  • Vukosi Nhlapo: Water quality deterioration, alien vegetation encroachment and decreased avian biodiversity: The case of the Blesbokspruit Wetland System.
  • Richelle Pienaar: The spatial distribution of matriculation success rates across the province of Gauteng.
  • Yvette Terblans: The impact of heavy trucking on Gauteng: Air and road quality.
  • Michelle Lawton: Historical Land Planning, Transport Poverty and Sustainable Cities: The Case of Johannesburg.
  • John Mbanda: Sustainable solid waste management in Douala, Cameroon, the case for small scale waste recyclers.  

Fields of academic interests

Research interests: 

  • Adventure Tourism
  • The Geography of Education
  • Environmental Management

Field of Specialisation

  • The urban environment
  • Environmental management

Journal articles

Peer reviewed, accredited publications:

  • Monare, P.T., Kotzé, N.J and McKay, T.J.M., 2014: Gentrification and gay ‘space’: The case of Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa, Urbani Izziv, 25 (supp): S108-S121. (IBSS)
  • Milaras, M., Ahmed, F and McKay, T., in press: Mine closure in South Africa: A survey of current thinking and practice, presented at the 9th International Conference on Mine Closure (MC2014), 1-3 Oct Sandton, Johannesburg
  • Gender-Ragubeer Y, Meeuwis, J and, McKay, T.J.M 2014: A series of unfortunate events: How the battle to save an urban wetland was both won and lost, Journal of Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 10(1) July: 149-168.
  • McKay, T., 2014: Combatting Plagiarism Using a Community of Practice Approach, South African Journal of Higher Education, 28(4): 1315-1331.
  • McKay, T., 2014: White Water Adventure Tourism on the Ash River, South Africa, African Journal of Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 20(1): 52-75.
  • McKay, T., 2014: Locating South Africa within the global adventure tourism industry: the case of bungee jumping, Bulletin of Geography: Socio-economic Series, 24, 161-176. (IBSS)
  • Pienaar, R & McKay, T., 2014: Mapping Socio-Economic Status, Geographical Location and Matriculation Pass Rates in Gauteng, South Africa, Perspectives in Education 32 (1): 105-123. (IBSS)
  • Simpson, Z & McKay, T., 2013: Assessment Rubrics: Artifacts that speak in tongues? Per Linguam, 29(1):15-32
  • McKay, T., 2013: Development and Land Use conflicts on the Ash River, South Africa: Energy Provision versus Adventure Tourism, African Journal of Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance, Sept (2): 276-293.
  • McKay, T., 2013: Leaping into Urban Adventure: Orlando Bungee, Soweto, South Africa, African Journal of Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance, Sept (2): 55-67.
  • McKay, T., 2013: Embedding Academic Support within an Academic Discipline: A Teaching Model. South African Journal of Higher Education, 27 (3):682-695.
  • McKay, T, 2013: Adventure Tourism: Opportunities and Management Challenges for SADC Destinations, Acta Academia, 45(3): 30-62
  • McKay, T and Simpson, Z., 2013: The Space Between: Pedagogic Collaboration between a Writing Centre and an Academic Department, Perspectives in Education 31(4): 27-43 (IBSS)
  • Thovhakale, B., McKay., T.J.M and Meeuwis, J., 2011: Retrofitting to lower energy consumption: Comparing two buildings, Proceedings International Domestic Energy Use Conference, CPUT, Cape Town.
  • Bell, J & McKay, T., 2011: The rise of ‘class apartheid’ in accessing secondary schools in Sandton, Gauteng? South African Review of Education, (17): 27-48
  • McKay, T M., 1999: Using GIS internships to build capacity in a disadvantaged society, Transactions in GIS, Vol 3 Issue 4 (ISI)  

Paper presentations

Conference presentations:

  • Karam, A and McKay, T.J.M., 2014: An Assessment of Compliance, Enforcement and the Legal Framework pertaining to Acid Mine Drainage: The Case of Grootvlei Gold Mine, The South African Affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa) 19th Annual National Conference, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, 27 to 29 August 2014.
  • Machard, DC and McKay, T., 2014: School choice, school costs: the case of inner city Johannesburg private schools, International Journal of Educational Development in Africa Symposium, Sparking Waters Hotel, Magaliesburg, 2-5 March 2014.
  • McKay, T., 2013: Combatting Plagiarism Using a Community of Practice Approach. 6th Annual Teaching Practice/Didactics Symposium, Vaal Triangle Campus of the North West University, 28-29 October 2013, Vanderbijlpark.
  • McKay, T.J., 2013: Development and Land Use conflicts on the Ash River, South Africa: Energy Provision versus Adventure Tourism, IGU Kyoto Regional Conference, Japan 4-9 August 2013.
  • Sehlabi, R & McKay, T J M, 2013: Commercial organic composting in the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, Regional IGU, Urban Geography Commission, 21-26 July, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.
  • McKay, T J M., 2012: Schooling an underclass? The case of Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, Umalusi Conference, Johannesburg, 10-12 May.
  • McKay, T J M & van der Merwe, C 2012: Negotiating textbook evaluations: The case of Geography Grade 10 CAPS, South African Geographical Society Conference, 21-22 June, Cape Town.
  • McKay, T J M., 2012: Commercial Bungee Jumping in South Africa, South African Geographical Society Conference, Cape Town, 21-22 June, Cape Town.
  • Simpson, Z & McKay, T., 2011: Assessment Grids: Artefacts that speak in tongues? Paper presented at the ASEASA Conference 11-13th July 2011, Vanderbijlpark.
  • Thovhakale, B., McKay., T.J.M and Meeuwis, J., 2011: Retrofitting to lower energy consumption: Comparing two buildings, International Domestic Energy Use Conference, CPUT, Cape Town.
  • McKay, T J M., 2011: Mapping the size and shape of the adventure tourism market in South Africa: An overview, STH Tourism Colloquium, UJ, APB Campus, Sept
  • McKay, T J M., 2011: Mapping the size and shape of the adventure tourism market in South Africa: The case for Commercial Bungee Jumping, International Tourism Sustainability Conference, Balaclava Fort, Mauritius, Sept.
  • McKay, T J M., 2011: Challenging Class Apartheid in Determining access to secondary schools , 3rd annual educational research colloquium, UKZN, Edgewood campus.
  • McKay, T.J.M., 2008: Assisting underprepared students attain success at university: A case study from South Africa, presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference, Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke’s Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand, 1st to 3rd October.
  • McKay, T.J.M., 2008: Using external baseline assessment to track learning and inform teaching in tertiary education: A case study. Presented at the International Conference of the Association for the Study of Evaluation and Assessment in Education in Southern Africa, University of South Africa, 16 to 18 July.
  • McKay, T & Simpson, Z., 2007: Collaborative action research to improve writing and enhance learning, poster presentation at the Conversations about Foundation Conference, CPUT, Cape Town, 1st – 2nd Oct.
  • McKay, T & Jurgens, J., 2007: Determining access for success to an extended degree programme, paper presented at the Conversations about Foundation Conference, CPUT, Cape Town, 1st – 2nd Oct.
  • McKay, T & Jurgens, J., 2006: A teaching intervention carried out with highly disadvantaged second language English speaking Foundation Science students based on the East Rand Campus of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, whereby the purpose of the intervention was to integrate generic and discipline specific skills into the curriculum, paper presented at the African Conference on Curriculum Development, UNISA, 20-21 September, South Africa.
  • McKay, T., 2006: Creating an understanding of how to effectively convey geo scientific concepts to tertiary education students who are culturally, linguistically, socially and academically diverse, paper presented at the International Conference GeoSciEd 5, 18th to 21st September, Bayreuth, Germany.
  • Sehlabi, R & McKay, T., 2006: Organic composting as a sustainable development initiative in the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, paper to be presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, South African Affiliate, 28th to 30th August 2006, Pilanesberg, South Africa.
  • McKay, T., 2006: Using Assessment Rubrics to promote effective and efficient teaching and learning: A case study of first year Geography undergraduate essay assessment, paper to be presented at the International Conference of the Association for the Study of Evaluation and Assessment in Education in Southern Africa, University of Johannesburg, 11 July 2006 to 14 July 2006.
  • Sehlabi, R & McKay, T., 2006: Commercial composting – a development initiative of the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, which could mitigate both social and environmental poverty on a small scale, paper to be presented at the 5th International conference on Sustainable Built Environments, Sustainable Building – mitigating social and environmental poverty, 25th July – 28Th July 2006, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • McKay, T 2002: The state of wetland management in Gauteng, paper presented at The annual South African Wetlands Action Group conference, Cape Town, October 2002.
  • Chipp, K & McKay, T 2002: A baseline for de-marketing water in the developing world, paper presented at the Educators Conference of the Institute of Marketing Managers, Rosebank, Johannesburg, September 2002.
  • Chipp, K.F & McKay, T 2002: The potential contribution of social marketing for water conservation in the developing world, paper presented at the Annual Colloquium on Nonprofit, Social and Arts Marketing, London metropolitan University, September 2002.
  • McKay, T M., 1999: Constraints to sustainable urban water demand management, presentation for LA21 Training Course, University of Cape Town, Environmental Evaluation Unit, 2nd to 5th November.
  • Morton, T J., 1998: Environmental Education for Sustainability, proceedings of Trainers in Environmental Education Network workshop, RADMASTE Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, 15 July.
  • Morton, T J., 1998: Turning rhetoric into action: community capacity building through environmental education in Soweto, proceedings of the Environmental Educators Association of Southern Africa International Conference, Gaberone, 6-10 July.
  • Morton, T J., 1998: Partnerships in environmental education: building capacity and awareness at grassroots level in Soweto, South Africa, paper presented at The Best of Both Worlds Conference, Dikholo, 23-26 March.
  • Morton,T J., 1997: Partnerships in GIS education: building capacity in a disadvantaged society, paper presented at the 4th annual international conference for GIS in Higher Education, Washington D.C, 30 November - 2 October.
  • Morton, T J., 1997: The state of GIS education at Vista University, paper presented at the 3rd annual Transvaal Association for Geographic Information Systems Conference, Pretoria, 30 March.
  • Maungedzo, R & Morton, T J., 1997: Water quality in the Diepkloofspruit, Soweto: assessing the impact of urbanisation on a river using methods established by SWAP, paper presented at the Environmental Educators Association of Southern Africa International Conference, Pretoria, 30 June-4 July.
  • Maungedzo, R & Morton, T.J., 1997: Water quality in the Diepkloofspruit, Soweto: assessing the impact of urbanisation on a river in Gauteng, paper presented at the 29th Geography Conference, Thohoyandou, 1 Sept - 3rd Sept.