School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences



The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences is home to world-class researchers who seek sustainable solutions for problems faced by contemporary society. Often, these researchers work as part of multi-disciplinary groups, providing unique and useful insights. 

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Prof Trevor Hill

Academic Leader: Research & Higher Degrees  | 033 260 5527


The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). 

It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years.

There are two SARChI research chairs in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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Prof Onisimo Mutanga

Chair of Land Use Planning and Management | 033 260 5779

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Prof Paramu Mafongoya

Chair of Agronomy and Rural Development | 033 260 6247

NRF A-Rated Researchers

A-rated researchers are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their respective fields, for the high quality and impact of recent research outputs. Acquiring an NRF rating generates considerable acknowledgement and respect for the individual researchers as well as their institutions.

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Prof Robert Gous

NRF A-Rated Researcher | 031 260 6805

Student Dissertations

Research Space is an institutional repository of the University’s publications. It was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of its research output. Take a look at publications from the disciplines within the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.