These pages offer studies conducted by researchers in the Arid Areas Research network. These researchers are usually based at the University of the Free State, or are affiliated with the Karoo Development Foundation (see The KDF functions as a sister organisation to the Arid Areas Research Programme (AARP).

In each thematic section, useful research resources drawn from other researchers and organisations are also provided.



  • Economic Studies
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Water
  • People, environment and biodiversity
  • Mining and energy
  • The Built Environment
  • Social and health issues
  • Governance
  • Regional dynamics


Researchers (with brief CVs):

  • Prof Doreen Atkinson
  • Prof Johann Kirsten
  • Dr Mark Ingle
  • Prof Lochner Marais
  • Prof Etienne Nel
  • Prof Lucius Botes

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