Academic Focus Area: Environmental Science and Policy and Community Engagement
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Advisor: Steven Gray
Noleen is a PhD Fulbright Scholar from Zimbabwe. She completed her Master of Arts in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Arts Dual Honors in Geography and Literature in English from the Catholic University of Zimbabwe (CUZ). Her graduate research is focused on understanding community dynamics (values, perceptions and attitudes) as a mediator that can encourage or discourage pro environmental behavior in urban environments. This will influence sustainable urban environmental policies geared towards community engagement. Her other areas of research interests focus on environmental social justice in urban communities and their resilience and adaptation to climate change and how these influence environmental sustainability of urban environments in Zimbabwe. Her research will focus on qualitative and quantitative approaches. After her graduate studies she intends to re- join the academia and carry out research biased towards participatory research that enables communities realize their potential in influencing environmental sustainability. Her personal interests are listening to music, walking and yoga.