Department of Geography

Prof RW Pretorius

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Geography
Associate Professor
Tel: 011 471 3680
E-mail: pretorw@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • PhD Geography (Unisa, 2017)
  • MBL (Unisa, 2000)
  • MSc (Geography; UP, 1982)
  • BSc (Hons - Geography; UP)
  • BSc (Majoring in Geography and Mathematics; UP)

Currently teaching

GGH1501 - Know Your World: Introduction to Geography

Fields of academic interests

  • Education for sustainability
  • Sustainable development  in higher education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning in Geography

Field of Specialisation

  • Environmental Geography
  • Sustainability studies
  • Teaching and learning in Geography

Books

  • Nicolau, M.D., Pretorius, R.W., De Jager, A.E. and Lombard, A., 2018, “Empowerment for sustainability in a community context: Lifelong learning and story of the Big 5 Community Tourism Forum, Koffiekraal/Brakkuil (South Africa)”, Chapter (29-44) in Leal Filho, W, Mifsud, M. and Pace, P. (Eds.) Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development. (World Sustainability Series). Springer, New York.
  • Pretorius, R.W, 2018, “Towards an integrated disciplinary narrative and an enhanced role for Geography in Education for Sustainability:  Reflections on South African Higher Education”, Chapter in Leal Filho, W. and Consorte-McCrea, A. (Eds.) Sustainability and Humanities: linking social values, theology and spirituality towards sustainability. (World Sustainability Series). Springer, New York. (In press)
  • Wilson, G.D. and Pretorius, R.W., 2017,  “Utilising work-integrated learning to enhance student participation and engagement in sustainability issues in open and distance learning”, Chapter (245-257) in Leal Filho, W., Skanavis, C., Do Paço, A., Rodgers, J., Kuznetsova, O and Castro, P. (Eds.) Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education, Vol 2 (World Sustainability Series). Springer, New York.

Journal articles

  • Leal Filho, W., Brandli, L., Becker, D.,  Skanavis, C., Kounani, A., Sardif, C., Papaioannidou, D.,  Azeiteiro, U., de Sousa, L., Raath, S., Pretorius, R., Vargas, V.R., Shiel, C, Trencher, G. and  Marans, R., 2018, “Sustainable Development Policies as Indicators and Pre-Conditions for Sustainability Efforts at Universities: fact or fiction?”,  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 19 (1), 85-113.
  • Leal Filho, W., Guerra, B.A., Mifsud, M. and Pretorius, R.W., 2017, “Universities as Living Labs for sustainable development: A global perspective”, Environmental Scientist 26 (4), 8-15
  • Pretorius, R.W., Lombard, A. and Khotoo, A., 2016, "Adding value to education for sustainability in Africa with inquiry-based approaches in open and distance learning". International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol 17, No 2, 167-187.

Paper presentations

  • "The value of authentic learning spaces to facilitate education for sustainable development in open and distance learning", paper read at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 5-6 June 2012. Planetário do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro.
  • "Interrogating the teaching and learning of climate change in the secondary school Geography curriculum", paper co-authored and read with P. Liknaitzky at the 9th biennial conference of the SSAG, 20-22 June 2012. University of Cape Town: Cape Town.
  • "Adding value to open and distance learning in geography with inquiry based approaches", paper read at the First International Unisa ODL Conference, 5-7 September 2012. University of South Africa: Pretoria.
  • "From correspondence to online provisioning in open and distance learning: Greening implications versus practical and organisational imperatives", paper co-authored with R. Coetzee, A.E. de Jager, H.J. van Niekerk, A.C. Vlok, R.M Hendrick and C.E. Potgieter and read at the Green Campus Summit, 4-5 April 2013. Anandha Inn Puducherry.
  • "Campus greening in open and distance learning: Curriculum initiatives in the Department of Geography, University of South Africa", paper co-authored with D.W. Hedding, M.D. Nicolau and E.S. Nkooe and read at the Green Campus Summit, 4-5 April 2013. Anandha Inn: Puducherry.
  • "A critical narrative of e-learning spaces for environmental sustainability in the Global South", paper read at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (Unisa) ODL Conference, 5-6 September 2013. Mount Grace Hotel: Magaliesburg
  • "The role of Geography in multi-inter-trans-disciplinary study programmes for environmental sustainability", paper co-authored with U.J Fairhurst and read at the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 5-6 September 2015. Manchester Metropolitan University: Manchester
  • "Virtual learning environments for transformation to sustainability: A case study from the South", paper co-authored with M.D. Nicolau, J. Immelman, A.E. de Jager, A. du Plessis and M. Nöthling and read at the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 5-6 September 2015. Manchester Metropolitan University: Manchester.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Associate editor:  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Co-editor:  Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development  in Higher Education
  • Recipient of Unisa Excellence in Tuition Award: 2009

Professional Societies and Involvement

Member of:

  • Society of South African Geographers,
  • South African Society of Atmospheric Scientists,
  • Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns
    • Serves as chair of the Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns

Projects

  • Open and distance learning applications in Geography and environmental study fields
  • Sustainability applications in open and distance learning
  • Repositioning of Geography in education for sustainability