Project Lead, Africa Data Hub
Area of Expertise:
Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability
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Sarah is an ecologist by training but her work has always focused on the intersection of social justice and environmental sustainability. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through Wits University where her Masters research examined the roles of local traditional and democratic leaders in regulating firewood harvesting in rural communities in South Africa. After several years in ecology-focused roles, her career went in an unexpected direction when she became the Programme Coordinator in the Policy Unit of Media Monitoring Africa, a media non-profit based in South Africa. After leading MMA’s 2019 Elections project, Sarah started freelancing as a research consultant in the development sector. In October 2020, she took up the role of Project Lead at Open Cities Lab for the Africa Data Hub, a platform aimed at providing data, tools and capacity building for journalists across the continent.