Rika Preiser

Senior Researcher, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Rika Preiser is senior researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her research explores the conceptual development of complexity and how the study of the features and dynamics of complex adaptive systems inform novel ways for thinking about and anticipating more equitable social-ecological transformation processes toward resilient Anthropocene futures. Her current work explores how a relational theory of change could inform global change theories, discourses and practices concerning people-biosphere relations. She is interested in Anthropocene challenges at the science-society and science-art interfaces and how artistic practices and interactive modes of engagement and research could stimulate and advance more positive responses to bringing about alternative social-ecological futures. Rika teaches complex adaptive systems thinking to students from the fields of medicine, business management, sustainability studies and agricultural sciences and supervises students who are keen to experiment and employ participatory action research methods as ways to engage with and shape social-ecological real-world problems. Rika holds master's degrees in journalism and social anthropology. In 2012 she completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Philosophy entitled The Problem of Complexity: Rediscovering the role of Critique at Stellenbosch University.