Department of Geography

Prof RW Pretorius

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

Expertise

  • Education for sustainability
  • Open and distance learning applications in geography and environmental study fields
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning in geography
  • Sustainable development in higher education

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

  • Wilson, G.D. and Pretorius, R.W., 2020. “Adding value to open and distance learning programmes in nature conservation through sustainability related work-integrated learning”, Chapter  (449-469) in Leal Filho, W. et al (Eds.) “Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”. Springer, Cham.
  • Pretorius, R.W, 2019, “Towards an integrated disciplinary narrative and an enhanced role for Geography in Education for Sustainability:  Reflections on South African Higher Education”, Chapter (291-311) in Leal Filho, W. and Consorte-McCrea, A. (Eds.) Sustainability and Humanities: linking social values, theology and spirituality towards sustainability. (World Sustainability Series). Springer, Cham.
  • 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

  • Pretorius, R.W., Anderson, R.L, Khotoo, A. and Pienaar, R., 2019,  "Creating  a  context for  campus  sustainability  through  teaching  and  learning", International  Journal  of Sustainability in Higher Education, 20 (3), 530-547.
  • 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.
  • Leal Filho, W., Chiappetta, J.C. and Pretorius, R.W. (Eds.), 2016, “Evaluation and programme planning in sustainable development”.  Evaluation and program planning,  54, 121-122.

Paper presentations

  • "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.
  • "Utilising work-integrated learning to enhance student participation and engagement in sustainability issues in open and distance learning ", paper co-authored with G. Wilson at the 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 14-16 September 2016. MIT: Cambridge, MA.
  • "Empowerment for sustainability in a community context: Lifelong learning and story of the Big 5 Community Tourism Forum, Koffiekraal/Brakkuil (South Africa)", paper co-authored with M.D. Nicolau, A.E. De Jager & A. Lombard and read at the World Symposium on Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development, 2-4 March 2016. University of Malta, Malta.
  • "Towards an integrated disciplinary narrative and an enhanced role for Geography in Education for Sustainability:  Reflections on South African Higher Education ", paper read at the Symposium on Sustainability and the Humanities: Linking social values, theology and spirituality towards sustainability, 9 November 2017. Canterbury Christchurch Univeristy: Canterbury, UK.
  • " Adding value to open and distance learning programmes in nature conservation through sustainability related work-integrated learning", paper co-authored with G. Wilson and read at the 4th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 28-30 August 2019. Universiti Sains Malaysi:  Penang.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Associate editor:  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Member of Editorial Board: Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie
  • Co-editor:  Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development  in Higher Education (Springer, 2017)
  • Co-editor:  Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (Springer, 2020)
  • Section editor:  Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education (Springer, 2019)
  • Section editor:  Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education (Springer,2019)
  • 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