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Leonie Joubert


Leonie is a freelance science writer, author, and trainer, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

She uses different storytelling approaches to wander through the often unmapped terrain as we find ways to live together on a tightly packed planet: climate, energy, environmental change, and hunger and malnutrition in the world of Big Food. Mostly, her stories try to give voice to a silenced environment, and the social injustices of a society where the divide between rich and poor has never been greater.  

She has spent the better part of 17 years exploring these topics through books, journalism, communication's support to academics and civil society organisations, and non-fiction creative writing. 

Leonie's books include ScorchedBoiling PointInvadedThe Hungry Season, and the Oranjezitch City Farm: food, community, connection. She also contributed to Max du Preez’ Opinion Pieces by South African Thought Leaders and several other titles. Visit Leonie's portfolio of work on her website. 

She was the 2007 Ruth First Fellow, was listed in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans You Must Take To Lunch (2008), and was named the 2009 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year (print/internet category).

Like most freelancers, her work has been published widely in the SA media and abroad, including in the Sunday IndependentMail & GuardianSunday ArgusSunday TribuneAfrican DecisionsAfrica GeographicGetawayProgressBusiness Day’s EarthYearFarmers WeeklyEngineering NewsCape TimesSA4×4Xplore and the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, amongst others.

Her next book, Cheap Junk, will consider the role of Big Food and how it contributes to a food environment that leaves so many of us in the Global South sick, heavy and hungry. 


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Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Cities, Environmental Health, Oceans, Policy, Journalism Skills
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