Maud Sebelebele joined PLAAS in August of 2022, she is the Associate Researcher for the Living Landscapes in Action project and is based at Mapungubwe Heritage Landscapes.
Maud holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies from PLAAS from the University of the Western Cape, and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Agricultural Management Sciences from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Additionally, she holds a National Diploma in Agricultural Management from Grootfontein Agricultural College of Agriculture.
Maud has work experience in the natural resources conservation sector. She has experience working in the thicket biome restoration project in the Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape where she liaised with multi-sectoral stakeholders on mitigating vegetation loss. Additionally, she has experience in ex-situ horticulture and plant conservation, garden and tourism division at South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), at Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens. Maud has ethnographic fieldwork experience as a social ecologist and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Development Studies with the Institute for Social Development from the University of the Western Cape. Her Masters degree is centered on natural resources valuation studies, and her research questions are focused on unpacking how herders in Leliefontein Communal Area in the Northern Cape ascertain value to fodder plants.