In the 1980's she was a researcher at the African Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and helped to collect and collate oral histories of black farmers in Gauteng. Later, through her work with the Black Sash, journalism, and colleagues at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she found opportunities to further explore issues relating to agriculture and conservation, especially in areas where rights to land and natural resources were contested.
In South Africa there has been considerable research and experimentation, especially in prized conservation areas, to discover and adopt ways of creating livelihoods that blend with and enhance conservation through resource management and tourism. There have been some success stories but Georgina believes we need to be much more courageously imaginative to protect people and the wild from extractive behavior. Wild Law is just such an expression of the imagination. It asks that we stretch conventional ideas of who we are to enter a realm that fully recognises the majesty and grace of our rivers and mountains and all beings.