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Nikki Funke is a senior researcher in the Natural Resources and Environment Unit at the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. She is currently registered for a PhD degree at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and her study focuses on conceptualising and analysing the roles that scientists have played in the prominent and critical Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) issue in South Africa. Nikki’s research interests predominantly fall into two categories. The first category focuses on analysing the governance, institutional, policy and legislative dynamics of the water and environmental sectors in South Africa. The second category focuses on developing a theory-based understanding of evidence-based policy-making in the South African water and environmental sectors, and specifically the roles of scientists and science, as well as contributing to international theory on the subject. She has published a number of articles and book chapter on these and related issues.