Dr. Alexio Mbereko is a social scientist and holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has served as a social scientist on three ECOHEALTH (Environment, society and health) research projects, namely Malaria and Bilharzia in Southern Africa (MABISA) and the TIBA (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) amongst other smaller studies. Dr. Mbereko has a sound background in humanities and social sciences where he has successfully utilized political ecology theory to understand social differentiation, marginalization and inequalities, public health, natural resource utilization, governance and policy. He has 13 publications in peer reviewed academic platforms. His research contributes to sustainable development through interrogating the environment, society and health nexus in a differentiated political economy; he fights for social justice through equity and equality.