Nikki Funke is a senior researcher in the Natural Resources and Environment Unit at the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.
She holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria and is currently registered for a Doctoral degree at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her doctoral study focuses on conceptualising and analysing the roles that scientists have played in the prominent and critical Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) issue in South Africa.
Nikki’s research interests predominantly fall into two categories:
The first focuses on analysing the governance, institutional, policy and legislative dynamics of the water and environmental sectors in South Africa.
The second focuses on developing a theory-based understanding of evidence-based policy-making in the South African water and environmental sectors, and specifically the roles of scientists and science, as well as contributing to international theory on the subject. She has published a number of articles and book chapter on these and related issues.