Dr Zhou is the Director of Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) hosted in the Faculty of Science & Agriculture, at the University of Fort Hare. With a background in Geography and Environmental Science, Dr Zhou has an interdisciplinary approach to research. Her research interests are in the broad fields of climate change, food and water security and natural resources management. Dr Zhou has been involved in various research projects on climate change impact on food security in the Eastern Cape. In the past 5 years, she has conducted research at national, regional and international level aimed at (1). building capacity for climate change adaptation, (2). the impact of climate change and vulnerability assessment, (3). and developing policy briefs. Dr Zhou is actively involved as project steering committee member for the Eastern Cape Anti-Poverty Food security Strategy. Dr Zhou serves as a Technical Resource Team advisor for the South Africa Vulnerability Assessment Committee (SAVAC) funded by the SADC and co-chaired by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAAF) and the Presidency's Office. Dr Zhou is also as a coordinator for the UK-AID Funded programme on Climate Impact Research Capacity Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) programme at the University of Fort Hare. The CIRCLE programme aims at strengthening research capacity in sub-Saharan African research institutions to support early career researchers and develop a coordinated and strategic approach to climate change research. Dr Zhou supervises Masters and PhD students recruited under RVSC.