Mary Lawhon

Mary Lawhon

Role/Position: Post Doctoral Fellow: Alcohol Control & Development in South Africa

Mary Lawhon was a post-doctoral researcher at the ACC from 2011-2013.  She is now a lecturer at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology at the University of Pretoria. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Kansas in environmental studies (2003), a Master of Environment and Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2004) and a Ph.D. from Clark University (2011).

Research interests

Urban political ecology; African urbanism; Southern theory; waste governance; transdisciplinarity

Teaching Interests

political ecology; urban environments; theories of development/the global South; research methods

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Journal articles

Lawhon, Mary, Herrick, Clare and Shari Daya. (In press). Researching Sensitive Topics in African Cities: Reflections on Alcohol Research in Cape Town. South African Geographical Journal special issue on alcohol in Cape Town.

Drivdal, Laura and Mary Lawhon. (In press). Plural regulation in spheres of informality: Shebeens in Cape Town. South African Geographical Journal special issue on alcohol in Cape Town.

Lawhon, Mary, Ernstson, Henrik and Jonathan Silver. Provincialising urban political ecology: towards a situated UPE through African urbanism. Antipode. (In press).

Lawhon, Mary and Zarina Patel. Scalar politics and local sustainability: Rethinking governance and justice in an era of political and environmental change. Environment and Planning C, Special Issue on Rio +20. (In press)

Lawhon, Mary and Clare Herrick. Alcohol control in the news: the politics of media representations of alcohol policy in South Africa. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. (In press)

Lawhon, Mary. (2013). Dumping ground or country-in-transition? discourses of e-waste in South Africa.Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 31: 700-715. doi:10.1068/c1254

Lawhon,  Mary.  (2013). Flows, friction and the sociomaterial metabolization of alcohol. Antipode. 45(3): 681-701.DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01028.x.

Lawhon, Mary. (2013). Situated, networked environmentalisms: a case for environmental theory from the South. Geography Compass. 7(2): 128–138. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12027

Lawhon, Mary. and James T. Murphy. (2012). Socio-technical regimes and sustainability transitions: Insights from political ecology. Progress in Human Geography 36 (3): 354 – 378. doi:10.1177/0309132511427960

Lawhon, Mary. (2012). Relational power in the governance of a South African e-waste transition.Environment and Planning A 44(4): 954 – 971. doi:10.1068/a44354

Lawhon, Mary. (2012). Contesting power, trust and legitimacy in the South African e-waste transition. Policy Sciences 45(1): 69-86. DOI 10.1007/s11077-012-9146-x

Lawhon, Mary and Miriam Chion. (2012). Rooted cosmopolitanism: spaces of multiplicity in Cusco. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 36(3): 539–553. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2011.01079.x

Murphy, James T. and Mary Lawhon. (2011). Market intermediaries and rural people in Bolivia’s forest products sector: Are trusting partnerships possible?  Singapore Journal of Tropic Geography 32(2): 203-211. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2011.00429.x

Lawhon, Mary, Panate Manomaivobool and Hiromi Ingaki.  (2010). Solving/understanding/evaluating the e-waste challenge through transdisciplinarity?  Futures 42(10): 1212-1221.,

Goebel, Allison, Robert Fincham, Trevor Hill and Mary Lawhon. (2010). Urban ecosystems and human health: a case study of South Africa. Futures 42(5): 475-483.,

Lawhon, Mary and Rob Fincham. (2006). Environmental issues in the South African media: a case study of theNatal Witness. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education 23: 107-120.

Other publications

Lawhon, Mary. (In press). Urban poverty in the Global South: scale and nature, by Diana Mitlin and David Satterthwaite. Review for International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Lawhon, Mary. (2013) Economies of Recycling, by Catherine Alexander and Joshua Reno (eds). Review forEconomic Geography. 89(4): 435-436.

Lawhon, Mary. (2013). Why I want to be a South African geographer: A response to Hammett’s “W(h)ither South African Geography?” Geoforum (editorial). 47: A3-A5.

Lawhon, Mary. (2013). Afropolis: City/Media/Art by Kerstin Pinther, Larissa Förster and Christian Hanussek (eds). Review for Antipode. July 2013 (available online only).

Lawhon, Mary. (2012). The meaning of global engagements with Africa (for us). Review of: “Britain and African under Blair”, by Julia Gallagher; “The New Scramble for Africa”, by Padraig Carmody, and “Africa’s Moment”, by Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray. Political Geography. 31(8): 530-533.

Lawhon, Mary.  (2012). “South Africa” In The Encyclopedia of Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage. William Rathje, (ed). London: Sage (1,500 words).

Euripidou, Rico and Mary Lawhon.  “South Africa.” (2010). Global Information Society Watch. Focus on ICTs and environmental sustainability.

Various editorials in The Natal Witness (2007) from the Urban Ecosystems and Human Health project