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Dr Innocent Sinthumule

Dr Ndidzulafhi Innocent Sinthumule
Dr Innocent Sinthumule
Department of Geography
Senior Lecturer

Contact Details
D 3 Lab 320
+27 (0) 11 559 3810

‚ÄčResearch Interests

  • Transfrontier Conservation
  • Environmental conservation and society
  • Border studies
  • Environmental geography
  • Land reform
  • Political ecology

  • PhD (UCT)


 Teaching Responsibilities

  • Economic geography

    Journal articles
  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2018. Conservation, Displacement and Social Injustice at the South African Section of Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier. Development and Society47(2), pp.261-284.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2017. Resistance against conservation at the South African section of Greater Mapungubwe (trans) frontier. Africa Spectrum52(2), pp.53-77.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2017. Unfulfilled Promises: An Exposition of Conservation in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier. Africa Today64(1), pp.55-73.
  • Ramutsindela, M., and Sinthumule, I., 2017. Property and difference in nature conservation. Geographical Review107(3), pp.415-432.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2016. Multiple-land use practices in transfrontier conservation areas: the case of Greater Mapungubwe straddling parts of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series34(34), pp.103-115.
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., 2016. Change in woody cover at representative sites in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, based on historical imagery. SpringerPlus5(1), pp.1417.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2015. An evaluation of the performance of tourism at Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa, African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 4(1), pp. 1-13.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. and Munyati, C., 2014. Quantifying savanna woody cover in the field and on historical imagery: A methodological analysis. South African Journal of Geomatics3(2), pp.113-127.
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., 2014. Cover gradients and the forest-community frontier: Indigenous forests under communal management at Vondo and Xanthia, South Africa. Journal of sustainable forestry33(8), pp.757-775.
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., 2013. Assessing change in woody vegetation cover in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, using spectral mixture analysis of a Landsat TM image time series. International journal of environmental studies70(1), pp.94-110.


Book chapters

  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2016. Local community disempowerment at the (Trans)frontier, in Ramutsindela M., Miescher G., and Boehi M. (eds) The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa, Basler Afrika Bibliographien.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. & Ramutsindela, M., 2014. Bordering the transfrontier: Conservation and borders in transnational context, in Ramutsindela M. (ed), Cartographies of Nature: How nature conservation animates borders, Cambridge Scholar Publishing.


Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2016. Contested land in peace parks: The case of Greater Mapungubwe. Proceedings of the Centenary Conference of the Society of South African Geographers, Stellenbosch (25-28 September 2016). ISBN: 978-0-7972-1610-5. 
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., 2015, July. Assessing woody vegetation cover dynamics in the Kruger National Park, South Africa: Linking historical aerial photographs and spot imagery. In Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2015 IEEE International (pp. 4240-4243). IEEE
  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2006. A comparative analysis of the pattern and effects of wetland utilization in urban versus rural areas of Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, International Map Africa Conference Proceeding 20-22, 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa.