School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Dianne Scott




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Professor Dianne Scott

Position Honorary Professors and Research Fellows
Phone 031 260 2116
Campus Howard College
Office Address A722 7th Floor, Denis Shepstone Building


  • Dianne Scott is a social scientist with a research interest in the field of environmental and climate change governance, environmental politics and sustainable urban development, with a particular focus on South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal. She and her post-graduate students have also worked with environmental civil society organisations undertaking action research related to environmental and social issues identified as critical to these groups. She is currently working on a critical analysis of climate change/ water governance in South African and sub-Saharan cities. She is also a co-editor of a book on the co-production of development and climate change knowledge for the city of Cape Town.



  • Scott, D. Sutherland, C. Sim, V. and Robbins, G. (2015) Pro-growth challenges to sustainability in South Africa. In Hansen, A. and Wethal, U. (eds) Emerging economies and challenges to sustainability: theories, strategies, local realities Routledge.


  • Scott, D. (2013) Apartheid removals in south Durban: the journey of the Durban bay fishing community to Chatsworth. Vahed, G. and Desai, A. (eds), Chatsworth: The Making of a South African Township. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press , 31-47.
  • Scott, D. James, B. and Govender, N. 2012. World heritage and sustainable development: The alignment of world heritage with national priorities – iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, South Africa. In Galla. A (ed.) World Heritage – Benefits beyond Borders, UNESCO/ Cambridge University Press.
  • Leck, H. Sutherland, C. Scott, D., Oelofse, G. (2012) Social and cultural barriers to adaptation implementation: The case of South Africa, In: Masters, L. and Duff, L. (eds) Overcoming barriers to climate change adaptation implementation in southern Africa, Pretoria, Africa Institute of South Africa & Institute for Global Dialogue, p. 61-87.


  • Sutherland, C. Sim, V. and Scott, D. (2015) Contested discourses of a mixed-use megaproject: Cornubia, Durban. Habitat International 45, 185-195
  • Scott, D. (2013) Science, transformation and society: a contextual analysis of South Africa’s SANCOR-managed marine and coastal research programmes. African Journal of Marine Science, 35(3): 361–383.
  • Sowman, M. Scott, D, Green, L, Hara, M, Hauck, M, Kirsten, K, Paterson, B, Raemaekers, S Scott, K, Sunde J, Turpie J. (2013) Shallow waters: social science research in the marine environment. African Journal of Marine Science, 35(3): 385–402.
  • Moloney, C, Coyne, V E, Griffiths, C L, Scott, D, M Sowman (2013) Society, marine ecosystems and change: current state of knowledge. African Journal of Marine Science, 35(3); 359 – 360.
  • Pfeffer, K, Baud, I, Denis, E, Scott, D and Sydenstricker-Neto, J 2013, Participatory spatial knowledge management tools: empowerment or exclusion? vol. 16, no. 2, Information, Communication and Society. DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2012.687393
  • Roma E., Philp K., Buckley C., Xulu S. and Scott D. 2013. User perceptions of urine diversion dehydration toilets: Experiences from a cross-sectional study in eThekwini Municipality, Water SA, 39(2), 1-7.
  • Brooks, S., Sutherland, C., Scott, D. and Guy, H. (2010). Integrating qualitative methodologies into risk assessment: Insights from South Durban. South African Journal of Science, 106, 9&10, 55-64.


  • Peyroux, E., Scott, D. Baud, I. and Jameson, S. (2014) Spatial knowledge management and participatory governance: rethinking the trajectories of urban,socio-economic and environmental change and the politics of ‘sustainability’ in southern cities. Chance2Sustain


  • Scott, D. Sutherland, C. Sim, V. and Robbins, G. (2015) Pro-growth challenges to sustainability in South Africa. In Hansen, A. and Wethal, U. (eds) Emerging economies and challenges to sustainability: theories, strategies, local realities
  • Baud, I., Pfeffer, K., Sydenstricker, J. and D. Scott. (2011). Developing participatory ‘spatial’ knowledge models in metropolitan governance networks for sustainable development. Chance2Sustain Literature Review No 1.
  • Kennedy, L., Robbins, G., Scott, D., Sutherland, C., Denis, E., Andrade, J., Miranda, L., Varrel, A., Dupont, V. and Bon, B. (2011). The Politics of large-scale economic and infrastructure projects in fast-growing cities of the south.
    Chance2Sustain Literature Review No.3.
  • Godfrey, L. and Scott, D. (2010). Improving waste management through a process of learning: the South African waste information system. Waste Management & Research, September (Published online), 1-11.
  • Baud, I., Denis, E., Pfeffer, K., Sydenstricker-Neto, J., Scott, D., Sutherland, C., Sara, L.M., Richter, C. (2014) Mapping city visions: integrating megaprojects in urban development. (Policy brief, July 2014) Chance2Sustain