Author Archives: Jane Burt

About Jane Burt

Twelve year ago I started working in the water sector on a Water Research Commission funded project in the Kat River Valley Catchment, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Since then I have been involved in various WRC projects all with a focus on the democratic and sustainability imperatives of the South African National Water Act. My early interests were not only water but a passion for democracy and social and environmental justice. During this first WRC project I developed a deep love and fascination with systems of water, particularly rivers as central to social spaces. Within this socio-ecological space my interests flow around issues of power and learning. My particular interest in learning is the representation of knowledge, the politics of knowing, mediation and social learning. This leads me to investigate all sorts of ways of representing and producing knowledge for change including theatre of the oppressed, creative writing techniques, responsive workshops and web-based tools for social learning and communication. I also devour social science research methodologies that enable me to view and interrogate complex socio-ecological challenges. I am also a mindfulness trainer and practitioner. I believe that we all have a commitment towards doing as little harm as possible. Part of this commitment is working with the forces within us that perpetuate negative mind patterns which directly effect the way we are in the world.

Progress report 1

Reference Group meeting

24th May 2012

 

During this reference group meeting we will report back on our progress to date as well as discuss our work plan for the next year.  Nina Rivers is the new masters student on the project and she will also share with us her progress and intentions for the rest of the year.

Please find below:

  • Progress report
  • A work plan for 2012/2013
  • Masters research proposal.

Please reference as Burt, J & Lotz-Sisitka, H. 2012. Progress report 24 May 2012. WRC project K5/2074. WRC: Tswane

progress report 1

Report on Mediators training and activity systems

This deliverable addresses objective 1 of the project proposal.  A “changing practice” short course has been developed out of the first two years of research into practice based learning and mediation. This deliverable is an evaluation of the course.

Please reference this report as  Rivers, N & Burt, J. 2014. Report on mediators training and activity systems. Deliverable 7 WRC project K5/2074. WRC: Tswane

Del 7 WRC evaluation report FINAL

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK FOR MEDIATORS TRAINING COURSE: ‘community-based social learning and NRM practices’

The first two years of this research process has focused on piloting a process of developing a written question-based resource as a mediation tool for learning in the context of local practices. The purpose was to assess the way in which learning emerges from, and in relation to, practice, providing a new perspective on ‘knowledge flows’. Our interest was to ascertain what knowledge circulates in community based water management practices, and how people have learned or are learning these practices. Further, we wanted to ascertain the knowledge that community based rain water harversters are interested in; i.e. what questions are they engaging with as they engage with their practice.

From this process we have been able to identify the skills needed to mediate practice-centred learning.  The insights gained into the meditation of knowledge in practice-centred learning have allowed us to design a participatory course for mediators and facilitators of learning at a local level.  This deliverable is the curriculum framework for this course.

Please reference the curriculum design as Burt, J; Lotz-Sisitka, H & Berold, R. 2014. Curriculum  framework for mediators training course: ‘community based social learning and NRM practices’. Deliverable 6: WRC project K5/2075/1. WRC: Tswane

Deliverable 6 final

Report on the Development of the Catalogue

This deliverable consists of the first draft of the catalogue and a report on how catalogue was developed. It responds to the aims in the following way:

  1. The report is the first step in reflecting on the process of developing the catalogue and the effectiveness of the catalogue for developing the capacity of community-based mediators of water knowledge.

The report will begin identifying the skills that are needed to develop a catalogue of this nature.

Please reference the report on the development of the catalogue as: Burt, J & Berold, R. 2014. Report on the Development of the Catalogue. Deliverable 5: WRC Project K5/2017/1. WRC: Tswane

del 5 catalogue report

Please reference the guide on how to find resources for rainwater harvesting as: Rivers, N; Wigley, T & Berold, R. 2014. Resources on rain water harvesting: Resources and how to find them. WRC report K5/2071/1. WRC: Tswane

Rain Water Harvesting catalogue may 2013

Piloting the development of a question based resource

This deliverable consists of the first draft of the question-based resource and a report on how this resource was developed. It responds to the aims in the following way:

  1. The report is the first step in reflecting on the process of developing the resource and the effectiveness of the resource for developing the capacity of community-based mediators of water knowledge.
  2. The report will begin identifying the skills that are needed to develop a resource of this nature.

Please reference the report on the question based resource as: Burt, J & Berold, R. 2013. Report on the Development of the question-based resource. Deliverable 4: WRC project K6/2071/1. WRC: Tswane

Del 4 Report on development of question driven resourcrelRain Water Harvesting Resource final version may 2013

Please reference the question based resource as: Wigley, T & Berold R. 2013. Rain Water Harvesting for Homes and Home Food Gardens. Resource document for WRC K5/2071/1. WRC: Pretoria

Rain Water Harvesting Resource final version may 2013

Fieldwork Report

This deliverable is a summary of the thesis by Charles Phiri.  Its relevance to the overall project is that it shows how the use of any resource has to provide spaces of reflection both for the communities engaged in a WRM process and for practitioners assisting communities.

Please reference this report as: Burt, J; Phiri, C & Berold, R. 2013. Fieldwork report. Deliverable 3: Fieldwork report. WRC project K5/2074/1. WRC: Tswane

Del 3 fieldwork report

Project design and identification of site for research

This is Deliverable 2 of the WRC project no. K5/2071. It documents the overall project design and project phases as well as how the site of research was identified.

The document reference is: Burt, J; Lotz-Siskta, H; Berold, R & Phiri, C. 2011. Project design and identification of site for research. Deliverable 2: WRC project no K5/2071.

Del 2 project design