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Phellecitus Thuli Montana

Phellecitus Thuli Montana


Phellecitus Thuli Montana is a PhD Candidate in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at Durham University.  Her PhD is centered on the politics and ethics of water security in Cape Town, South Africa, following the 2015 drought and experienced water crisis. Thuli was awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2015 to pursue an MSc in Environment and Development at the University of Leeds. Prior to being granted the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) scholarship, she worked as a Political Attaché at the British High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. Her work was focused on bilateral engagement between the UK and South African Government on policy issues related to climate change, energy and wildlife conservation. Thuli’s past work experiences include youth participation in foreign policy spaces, climate research and civil service within the South African government. With a passionate for environmental governance, diplomacy and African Development, she is determined to make a valuable contribution in water security research.


Department of School of Government and International Affairs

PhD Project

The politics and ethics of water security in Cape Town


South Africa

Supervisory Team

Dr Cameron Harrington (School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA))

Dr Jeremy Schmidt (Department of Geography)

Prof Clifford Shearing (University of Cape Town)

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The Durham GCRF-CDT students focused on productive writing at Dove Marine (Newcastle University) on the coast of Cullercoats. They used their time to prepare for their Formal Progression Review. This requires the students to submit for assessment a substantive piece of work as defined by their departments. The structured programme included a break with an outdoor activity.

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The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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