Prof. Linda Godfrey


Finding value in waste: CSIR-generated empirical data supports a secondary resources economy in South Africa

Prof. Linda Godfrey
Godfrey heads up the Waste Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Implementation Unit on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, a unit tasked with implementing South Africa’s 10-year Waste RDI Roadmap. She is a CSIR principal scientist and holds an associate professorship position from North-West University. She graduated with a PhD in engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research interests include the role of the waste sector in transitioning South Africa to a green economy; waste innovation; waste economics; and the governance, social and behavioural aspects of integrated waste management.

Godfrey has provided strategic input into a number of waste initiatives for organisations such as the European Commission, Departments of Science and Technology and Environmental Affairs; Plastics Sustainability Council; Development Bank of South Africa; Academy of Sciences of South Africa; Institute of Waste Management and several universities.

About the talk: Moving the South African waste sector away from landfilling provides recognised social, environmental and economic opportunities for the country. This paper presents some of the key findings emerging from research undertaken by the CSIR on the waste and secondary resources economy over the past five years, in support of the transition to a green economy.

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