Kashiefa completed her Masters degree (M.SocSc) with the Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department at the University of Cape Town. She also holds an Honours degree from the University of the Western Cape. Her Masters research and much of her recent work focuses on the human dimensions of marine and fisheries management in South Africa. She has worked with fisher communities in the Western Cape in order to develop sustainable livelihood options and inform fisheries and marine conservation policies.
Her passion for research and a strong interest in social development and the human dimensions of conservation is her motivation for looking at holistic and integrated conservation practices in South Africa, and especially bridging the communication gap between different sectors and stakeholders.
Her previous experience has also included working on regional projects that focus on coastal management, knowledge management and capacity building within local coastal communities along the east and west coasts of Southern Africa. Here her focus has been on co-ordinating and facilitating a unique online Stakeholder Participation course together with the CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology).