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Dr Jim Taylor

Position:                                Research Associate

Discipline:                             Environmental Psychology and Social Sciences

Centre:                                   Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR)

School:                                   School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Campus:                                 Agriculture Campus

Telephone:                             +27 82 458 0976




Jim Taylor is the Coordinator of the KwaZulu-Natal Regional Centre of Expertise. He is passionate about citizen science and his key interest areas are Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Indigenous Knowledge Practices. Social Change and Sustainability, Evaluation, Learning and Transformation.

He is a former President of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) and founder member of the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme.  This programme supported ESD course development in 15 southern African countries.  He is an honorary life member of WESSA. Jim is active in the work of UNESCO where he is an advisor to the ASPNet teacher capacity building programme.


MSc. PhD

Current Research Projects

Citizen Science and Water Quality Monitoring

Recently Completed Projects (2020-23)

Alignment, scaling and resourcing of citizen-based water quality monitoring initiatives (CBWQM ).  A 2022 WRC project.

Hobbies and Interests

Canoeing, Biomonitoring

Five recent publications

  • Taylor, J., Graham, M., Madikizela, B., Lepheana, A., Dickens, C., Warner, S. Louw, A. and Chapman, D.V. (2021). Social change innovations, citizen science, miniSASS and the SDGs. Water Policy. Official Journal of the World Water Council. IWA Publishing.
  • Taylor, J., O’Donoghue, R and Venter, V. (2018) How are learning and training environments transforming with Education for Sustainable Development? In Leicht, A., Heiss, J. and Byun, W. (eds) (2018) Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable Development. UNESCO, Paris.
  • Taylor, J. (2018). Sustainability commons and other innovations in five Southern African
    Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 12(1) 1–10.
  • Lotz-Sisitka, H, Ward, M, Taylor, J, Vallabh, P., Madiba, M., Graham, M., Louw, A. and Brownell, F. (2021) Alignment, scaling and resourcing of citizen-based water quality monitoring initiatives. Report to the WATER RESEARCH COMMISSION as part of the Research into Alignment, Scaling and Resourcing of Citizen Based Water Quality Monitoring (CBWQM ) to Realising the Integrated Water Quality Management Strategy Project. WRC Project No. K5/2854, Pretoria.
  • Graham, M. & Taylor, J. (2018) Development of Citizen Science Water Resource Monitoring Tools and Communities of Practice for South Africa, Africa and the World. WRC Report No. TT 763/18, Pretoria.