Nikiwe Solomon

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Nikiwe Solomon." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


Nikiwe Solomon is a lecturer in the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Cape Town and currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Humanities. Her PhD research focuses on the Kuils River in Cape Town, its entanglement with social and political worlds, as well as in urban planning.

Her research interests lie in exploring and understanding the relationship between humans and the environment in cultural production. In a broad sense, her research focus is on how human and ecological well-being and issues of sustainability are entangled with with politics, economics and technology.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more


Relating to urban river systemsUnderstanding how cultural and sub-cultural beliefs and practices within the urban areas shape urban river systems and the real and imagined relationships to the river? In turn, how do the rivers shape these beliefs and practices? What is the nature of people’s relationships to water in the area?

Water Innovations in South AfricaUnderstand innovative responses to water challenges in South Africa

CFP: Resistance is Fertile! On Being Sons and Daughters of Soil

AO: This call for paper for a forthcoming book edited by Lesley Green, Nikiwe Solomon, and Virginia MacKenny of the Environmental Humanities South Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa highlight topics and areas of interest for the group.Read more

Nikiwe Solomon is the programme manager for the NEA programme and a research fellow with The African Centre for a Green Economy.