Biodiversity and Ecosystem services for Tshwane (BEST)
This project monitors the survival of native grassland plant assemblages in urban contexts, and explores to what degree these native plants contribute to biodiversity refugia and sense of place. The project has received funding from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the University of Pretoria (UP), Research and Capacity Development Programmes.
Recent publications (past three years)
Breed, C.A., Morelli, A., Pirk, C.W.W., Sole, C.L., Du Toit, M.J., Cilliers, S.S. (In press). Could purposefully engineered native grassland gardens enhance urban insect biodiversity? Land.
Breed, C. A. 2022. Value negotiation and professional self-regulation – environmental concern in the design of the built environment. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 74, 127626. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127626
Breed, C.; Mehrtens, H. 2021. Using “live” public sector projects in design teaching to transform urban green infrastructure in South Africa. Land,11, 45. https://doi.org/10.3390/land11010045
Botes, K.; Breed, C. 2021. “Outdoor living wall systems in a developing economy: A prospect for supplementary urban food production?”, Acta Structilia, 28(2), pp. 143-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.18820/24150487/as28i2.6.
Cilliers, S, Breed, C, Cilliers, J & Lategan, L. 2021. Urban Ecological Planning and Design in the Global South. In C. Shackleton, S. Cilliers, E. Davoren & M. du Toit (eds). Urban Ecology of the Global South. Berlin: Springer Press.
Breed, C. A. 2020. Incorporating the multiple benefits of urban nature into ecological design. In I Douglas et al (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
Students Currently Supervising
Title: Architectural spatial design guidelines for African Traditional Health Practices in South Africa.
Title: Conceptualizing Environmental Justice in the City of Tshwane.
Title: Investigating food security potential of African orphan crops and leafy vegetables in modular living wall systems.
Title: Preserving landscape identity as part of urban renewal. The case of Kisumu City, Kenya
Grootboom, N. (in-country co-supervisor)
Title: Sustainable design guidelines for retail store interfaces as part of the circular economy.
MSc students (current)
Van der Walt, M.
Title: Native plant selection to increase ecosystem functions in urban areas in City of Tshwane
Du Plessis, T.
Title: Guiding principles for the incorporation of Green Infrastructure in Site Development Planning, City of Tshwane.
M(Prof) students: supervised and co-supervised 25 students from 2008 to 2020