Rene has completed her Ph.D., which focused on explorative, descriptive and objective research to examine factors influencing the integration of Disaster Risk Management into Development Planning in the South African local government sphere, with specific reference to the Sarah Baartman District Municipality. The study evaluated to what extent Disaster Risk Management has been integrated into all facets of provincial, district and local government Development Planning. Rene holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Management and a BA Honours Degree in Public Administration. Rene’s Ph.D. Degrees and subsequent work experience focused extensively on the implementation and assessment of Social and Economic Development policies, and Advanced Strategic Management as effective tools to ensure sustainable service delivery.
In 2009, Rene was employed as a lecturer in the Department of Public Management at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Prior to that, she was employed as a lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), now Nelson Mandela University, for six years. Her areas of specialisation include Advanced Strategic Management, Public Policy Management, Programme and Project Management, and Research and Information Management.
Rene is an academic and policy analysis/development researcher with experience in conducting interviews, report writing, policy analysis, social and economic research and development monitoring. She has designed and implemented the above in the academic, non-governmental and governmental sectors, specialising in social and economic development issues.