Robyn Hugo

Programme Head: Pollution & Climate Change

Since joining the Centre in October 2011, Robyn has been responsible for its collaborative Pollution & Climate Change programme. This programme predominantly works in a collaborative project with partners groundWork, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA), and the Highveld Environmental Justice Network – who all support several community-based organisations – to promote environmental justice, ensure compliance with environmental laws, and strengthen civil society participation in decisions on industrial pollution, waste, and land use; and with partners groundWork and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg to challenge the exploitation of coal for electricity. Before moving to the Cape, Robyn worked for 7 years at Bowman Gilfillan in Sandton, specialising in employment and public law. She holds a BA LLB from Stellenbosch University, and an LLM in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town. She is proud of the work the Centre does to advance environmental justice. The African Bushveld is her favourite place.