School of Life Sciences

Prof Rob Slotow


Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Pietermaritzburg campus. Research focus is on sustainable environmental decision-making from a conservation biology perspective. Includes conservation planning and management implementation, species specific management, and biodiversity policy issues. Taking a natural capital approach to understanding, leveraging, and investing in natural capital to achieve success in human outcomes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Transformation and Human Capital Development are foundational imperatives. 

Prof Rob Slotow


Professor Rob Slotow was appointed Lecturer at UKZN in Durban in 1996, Senior Lecturer (2000), Associate Professor (2002), and Full Professor (2007). I am Honorary Professor at University College, London. My Academic leadership includes: Programme Director B.Sc. Biol. Sc. (2002-04); Academic Coordinator, School Biological and Conservation Sciences (2005-08); Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science & Agriculture (2008-09); Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of College, Agriculture, Engineering, & Science (2010-12); Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Health Sciences (2012-2017). Pro-Vice Chancellor African City of the Future (2018-2023). I received the Vice Chancellor’s Research Award (2000) for outstanding research for staff <40 yrs.

Research interests

My major research has been on large mammal conservation and conservation and environmental decision-making. Invertebrates are under-researched, and I have sustained work on invertebrate conservation and biogeography. My experience in Health Science Leadership has provided opportunities for transdisciplinary research spanning Agriculture, Environment, Poverty and Health. I am particularly interested in the environmental determinants of non-communicable diseases. I focus on a relevant transdisciplinary research programme, which will have strong impact on society. I work closely with practitioners to develop the research agenda, and include them in the process to ensure take-up of the research outcomes into evidence-based best practice. I have co-led the development of the Durban Research Action Programme, which includes a range of UKZN researchers and Ethekwini staff in a programme that focuses on enhancing sustainability in the city. 

Research profiles