Our Team

Patricia Zweig

- Lecturer, DRS Honours course Convenor, Short Course Facilitator & Researcher

Trish has a MA in Geography & Environmental Studies from the University of Cape Town and is currently completing a PhD in Geography & Environmental Studies with a sub-specialisation in Disaster Risk Studies at the University of Stellenbosch where she has been teaching since 2011. She has spent many years working among low income communities, particularly in informal settlements and has a passion for community—based research and outreach activities, often working in collaboration with partners external to the University. Her research interests include urban risk and vulnerability as well as livelihood studies. As part of the RADAR team she has been involved in extensive ex-post disaster studies in the Western Cape region. She also conducts regular short courses for practitioners on disaster risk topics.

Contact Details

  • Tel: 021 808 9282
  • E-mail: patriciazweig@sun.ac.za
  • Office: Room 1030A, Chamber of Mines Building, Stellenbosch University


  • MA (Environmental and Geographical Science), University of Cape Town, 2006
  • BAHons (Geographical Information Systems for spatial analysis and decision-making), University of Stellenbosch, 2002
  • BA (Geography and Anthropology), University of South Africa, 2001

Publications, Articles and Research

Ziervogel, G., Pelling, M., Cartwright, A., Chu, E., Deshpande, T., Harris, L., Hyams, K., Kaunda, J., Klaus, B., Michael, K. and Pasquini, L. 2017. Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience: a focus on everyday risk. Environment and Urbanization, 29(1), 123-138. [Available from] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956247816686905

Zweig, P. and Pharoah, R. 2017. Unique in their complexity: Conceptualising everyday risk in urban communities in the Western Cape, South Africa. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 26, 51-56.

Zweig, P.J. 2017. Collaborative risk governance in informal urban areas: The case of Wallacedene temporary relocation area. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 9(1),1-7. [Available from] http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1996-14212017000100007

Walls, R. and Zweig, P.2017. Towards sustainable slums: understanding fire engineering in informal settlements. In Advanced technologies for sustainable systems (pp. 93-98). Springer, Cham. [Available from] https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-48725-0_10

Zweig, P. 2016. Lost in space? Considering young men as drivers of urban informal settlement risk. Urban Forum 27(1), 383-398.

Zweig, P.J. 2015. Everyday hazards and vulnerabilities amongst backyard dwellers: A case study of Vredendal North, Matzikama Municipality, South Africa. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 7(1), 1-8. [Available from] https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sabinet/jemba/2015/00000007/00000001/art00007

Book Chapters

Zweig, P. 2015. Community risk assessment and disaster mitigation: Case studies from Philippi informal settlements. In Brown-Luthango, M. (Ed.). State/society synergy in Philippi. Cape Town: African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.


2019         RADAR. Perceptions of wildfire risk among residents of Glencairn: a community living on the wildland urban interface. Honours class Project, report to stakeholders.


2018         Zweig, P., Pharoah, R., Eksteen, R. & Walls, R. Installation of Smoke Alarms in an Informal Settlement Community in Cape Town, South Africa – Final Report. A project funded by Santam, Western Cape Government and USAID.


2018      RADAR. Klapmuts backyard dwelling landlord survey: An assessment of the impact of backyard dwellings on local homeowners. Honours class project, report to stakeholders.


2016         RADAR. Klapmuts backyard dwelling survey: A risk and vulnerability assessment. Honours class, project report to stakeholders.


2013         Holloway A, Chasi V, De Waal J, Drimie S, Fortune G, Mafuleka G, M Morojele,  Penicela Nhambiu B, Randrianalijaona M, Vogel C & Zweig P. 2013. Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities.  Report for Regional Interagency Standing Committee (RIASCO), Southern Africa.


2012         Holloway, A., Fortune, G., Zweig, P., Barrett, L., Benjamin, A., Chasi, V. and de Waal, D. 2012. Eden and Central Karoo Drought Disaster 2009 – 2011; “The Scramble for Water.” Report for the Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre.


2010        Holloway, A., Fortune, G., Chasi, V., Beckman, T., Pharoah, R., Poolman, E., Punt, C. and Zweig, P. 2010. RADAR Western Cape 2010: Risk and development annual review. PeriPeri Publications.

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