Suzanne Smit

Institution: Stellenbosch University (SU)

Unit & faculty: School of Public Leadership, Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences

Research field: Sustainable Development

Supervisors: Prof Josephine K Musango, Stellenbosch University (main supervisor); Prof Alan C Brent, University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Stellenbosch University (co-supervisor); Dr Zora Kovacic, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (co-supervisor)



Suzanne is passionate about work that solves real-world problems and offers new insights and perspectives on bringing about change that is environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. Suzanne is an executive board member of the Urban Modelling and Metabolism Assessment (uMAMA) research group at Stellenbosch. Her qualifications include a Master’s of Philosophy and Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development, both from SU; a Bachelor’s degree in business administration; and a National Diploma in Public Relations Management. Suzanne’s master’s work involved an exploratory study on connecting the green economy with the informal economy in South Africa. Her PhD takes a broader perspective, and incorporates a systems approach to understanding the connections between urban informal settlements and the city. The study utilises a multi-scale integrated assessment of the societal and ecosystem metabolism approach for an urban informal settlement in Stellenbosch. Her interests include sustainable development, urban metabolism, green economy, informal economy, and informal settlements, among other areas.