University of the Free State – Afromontane Research Unit

The University of the Free State – Afromontane Research Unit (ARU)’s mission is to facilitate the development and capacity-building of an African-based mountain research “community of practice” of excellence. This community aims to inform global mountain research theory and practice and to contribute to mountain-related policy and governance from an African perspective, thus balancing a predominance of mountain research driven from the Global North and northern hemisphere.

Member category Major Groups Organizations
Country South Africa
Area Sub-Saharan Africa
Geographic focus of work Southern Africa (south of the Congo Rainforest & Lake Rukwa)
Specific Region(s) Maloti-Drakensberg (South Africa & Lesotho transboundary)
Head Francis Petersen
Head title Rector and Vice-Chancellor
Focal Point title Head, Department of Geography
Focal Point Melissa Hansen
Alternate Focal Point title Director, Afromontane Research Unit
Alternate Focal Point Vincent Ralph Clark
Address Private Bag x13 Kestell Road Phuthaditjhaba 8966, South Africa
Email [email protected]
Email 2 [email protected]
Electoral Group Sub-Saharan Africa Major Groups
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