I am a Post Doctoral fellow at the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) at Rhodes University, South Africa and a research fellow for the T-LEARNING research school (www.transgressivelearning.org). I explore practice-based research into connective aesthetics, transgressive social learning, immersive empathy and socio-ecological development in South Africa. I have a transdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Education and Art (social sculpture). My academic work to date has mainly revolved around sustainable rural development, pedagogies for critical environmental justice in complex learning environments and social ecological learning across various contexts and cultures. My artwork and social praxis (which is closely related to my research) is particularly focused on empathy, and I primarily work with imagination, listening and intuition as actual sculptural materials in social settings to offer new ways to encourage personal, relational and collective agency.