Research and Publications

Research & Publications

  • Microfranchising alternative service delivery configurations – creating economic and energy resilience with the iShack

    Jack-Vincent Radmore

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    This thesis emerges from the transdisciplinary work of the Enkanini Research Centre Association. Since 2011 this Association has focused on incremental informal settlement upgrading using Enkanini, Stellenbosch as a case study. This thesis explores whether management techniques and operational practises of microfranchising can support the establishment of alternative service delivery configurations in the context of in situ informal settlement upgrading. Following a transdisciplinary and multiple-case study research methodology, the theoretical argument is presented that a synthesis of the strengths and vulnerabilities of contemporary innovations from the urban development field augmented by the principles and management techniques of microfranchising could strongly influence future in situ informal settlement upgrading

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  • Spirituality & Nature in the transformation to a more sustainable world: Perspectives of South African change agents

    Helen Lockhart

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    This study explores the question of whether the transition to a more sustainable future can be further enhanced by a spiritual relationship with nature.

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    Education & Learning
  • A strategy for a developmental green economy for Gauteng

    Year: 2010

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    This is Part 3 of a 3 Part Report prepared for the Sustainability Institute by MCA, a Cape Town - based development planning consultancy. Funded by CORDAID, this report provides the basis for future policy work on sustainable infrastructure options.

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  • Benefits and limitations of local food economies to promote sustainability

    Jess Schulschenk

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Benefits and limitations of local food economies to promote sustainability: A Stellenbosch case study. Mphil thesis submitted in 2010.

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  • Beyond buildings to city infrastructures

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk by Mark Swilling at the annual conference of the Green Building Council of South Africa, Cape Town, 22 September 2010.

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  • Building Sustainable Communities - Grabouw

    Fleur Boulogne

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Building Sustainable Communities: analysing the transition from participatory planning to implementation in the case of the Grabouw Sustainable Development Initiative. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, 2009.

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  • Building Sustainable Settlements in Chimoio, Mozambique

    Dieter Savaio

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Building Sustainable Settlements in Chimoio, Mozambique. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management.

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  • Cities & Sustainability

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk delivered at seminar convened by Cambridge Programme for Industry, Spier Estate,  Stellenbosch, 15 November 2010. Also presented to joint colloquium on Cape Town's city development strategy convened by City of Cape Town and the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), Cape Town, 2 December 2010.

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  • Cities and Decoupling

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Presentation by Mark Swilling to 7th Meeting of the International Resource Panel, November 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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  • Cities, Decoupling and Urban Infrastructure: Scoping the Challenges

    Mark Swilling, Edgar Pieterse, Mike Hodson, Simon Marvin & Katherine Hyman

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Report for the International Resource Panel, November 2010. The objective of the proposed report is to provide decision makers with information about and understanding of the intersection between urbanisation trends and global material flows, with special reference to the configuration of networked urban infrastructures that conduct the most important resource flows through the city (energy, water, sewage, solid waste, goods, passengers and data).

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  • Collaborative leadership for sustainable cities: Creating positive and radical change in the way our urban areas are governed, managed and resourced

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Keynote address by Mark Swilling to special session of Mayors, Councillors and officials from African cities at the ICLEI Local Climate Solutions conference in Dar es Salaam, 31 October 2013.

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  • Critical perspectives on post-apartheid housing praxis

    Firoz Khan

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Critical perspectives on post-apartheid housing praxis through the developmental statecraft looking glass. Completed in 2010, this PhD thesis provides an analytical overview of housing policy since 1994 using a political economy perspective on the developmental state.

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  • Decoupling and the Green Economy

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk delivered by Mark Swilling at the Green Economy Summit on 19 May 2010, Johannesburg.

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  • Exploring the Factors Influencing Non-Participation of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

    Kgomotso Papole

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Summary of the rise of the renewable energy industry across various global markets plus future projections by one of the leading researchers and thinkers in the field.

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    Education & Learning
  • Global Resource Flows, Decoupling and the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk by Mark Swilling presented to the Institute for Futures Research seminar, Stellenbosch, 21 October 2010.

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  • Integral Theory and EcoVillage Development

    Paul Cohen

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Design for Sustainable Communities: An Integral Perspective. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2010. In this thesis Paul Cohen used Ken Wilber's 'integral theory of sustainability' as a conceptual framework for analysying his own personal experience as the developer of an ecovillage called Thlolego in the Northwest Province.

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  • Land-Use Planning in the Western Cape

    J.P. du Plessis

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Improving local-level government accountability - a study of the government's accountability within the land use planning and development context in the Western Cape. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, 2010. This thesis investigates what is meant by the notion that government must be accountable and then tests this cardinal principle of the SA Constitution against the reality of government planning and practice in the Western Cape.

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    Development Planning
  • Learnable Lessons from Electricity Provision in South Africa

    M.K. Heuen, J.L. Van Niekerk, M. Swilling, A.J. Meyer, A. Brent and T. Fluri

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Learnable Lessons on Sustainability from the Provision of Electricity in South Africa. Proceedings of ASME 2010 4th international Conference on Energy Sustainability, 17-22 2010, Phoenix, Arizona. Compiled by a team from the SI and Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, this paper reviews the crisis of electricity provision in South African within the context of the global 'polycrisis', and suggests policy alternatives to mainstream thinking.

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    Development Planning
  • Report on Greening the South African Growth Path - Long Version

    Peter, C. (co-lead author), Swilling, M. (co-lead author), du Plooy, P., de Wit, M., Wakeford, J., Lanz, J., Haysom, G., Kelly, C., Turton, A., Brent, A., Mason-Jones, K., Hansen, Y., Cohen, B.

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Greening the South African Growth Path: Challenges, Prospects and Trajectories. Policy Report commissioned by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, 2010.

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  • Restoring and holding on to beauty: the role of aesthetic relational values

    Moshe Swartz

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Doctoral thesis, 2010. Supervisor: Mark Swilling. Examines the history and evolution of the relational aesthetic values of the AmaXhosa, including the influence of early Christianity in what is now Ethiopia prior to the out-migration of the people from that region that eventually settled in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and who are now known as the AmaXhosa. The thesis ends by calling for a revival of these values as a basis for sustainable development.

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  • Soils, Production, Prices and Food Security

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk presented at the Stellenbosch University Food Security Workshop, 29 October 2010, Stellenbosch.

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  • Solar Roof Tiles: A Macro-Economic Model

    Ben Mokheseng

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2010, passed cum laude). This thesis is a comparable cost effectiveness analysis of two ways of providing energy to one million South African households one way is to connect these households to coal-fired power via the grid, and the other is to fit them with grid-connected 3 KW solar roof tile systems plus solar hot water heaters. The research showed that over a 20 year life-cycle, it is cheaper to supply them with renewable energy via grid-tied solar roof tiles plus solar water heaters.;

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  • Sustainability and Decoupling

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Presentation by Mark Swilling at Gauteng Government Workshop on the Green Development Strategy for Gauteng, July 2010.

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  • Sustainability Innovations at Lynedoch

    Claudia Stuewe

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    This is a masters thesis by Claudia Stuewe, a German student who did her internship at the SI in 2009 in order to conduct research for this thesis - her focus was on the dynamics of innovation for sustainability.

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  • Thermo-Fluid Dynamics Analysis of a Building Rock Thermal Storage System

    C. Lubbe

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2010). Thermo-Fluid Dynamics Analysis of a Building Rock Thermal Storage System. Final report for Masters in Mechanical Engineering, 2010. Provides a detailed technical analysis of the Rock Store passive heating and cooling system installed in the Main Building at Lynedoch to service Lynedoch Primary Schoo.

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  •  Sustainable agricultural practices and soil carbon sequestration

    KP Moloto

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    The potential of sustainable agricultural practices to enhance soil carbon sequestration and improve soil quality. 

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  • 2019 Scenarios

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    This paper by Prof. Mark Swilling was commissioned by the Presidency, South African Government. It was presented at a workshop in July 2007 convened by the Presidency to discuss and develop scenarios for 2019 with respect to the full range of government policy frameworks.

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  • Acid mine drainage in the Gauteng province of South Africa

    Timothy Ewart

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2009). A phenomenological study on the degree of alignment between stakeholders concerning a sustainable solution to acid mine drainage. Summary:  Mining activities have resulted in the mass exposure of iron pyrite and heavy metals, both underground and on the surface. Upon exposure to weathering, the iron pyrite gives rise to sulphuric acid, which, in turn results in the mobilisation and concentration of toxic metals. Although this is a geological phenomenon, the increasing concentrations of toxic metals as a result of mining have exposed the Gauteng province to enormous environmental, social and economic risks.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Anglo Platinum and Sustainable Development Reporting

    Steve Bullock

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Proposal Proposal for Anglo Platinum to make a meaningful switch to G3 Sustainable Development Reporting: A logical framework analysis. Written in Project Proposal format, this thesis was submitted in partial fulfilment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management. The researcher was employed by Anglo Platinum as head of the vision responsible for sustainable development reporting. He used his thesis to develop a Project Proposal for rethinking the strategic orientation of Anglo Platinum's sustainable development reporting approach.  

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  • Auroville, Ecolonia, Lynedoch

    Ben Mokheseng

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Ecological Design Essay 2009: using a synthesis of ecological design theory, the paper reviews three ecologically designed communities - Auroville (India), Ecolonia (Holland) and Lynedoch EcoVillage (South Africa).

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  • Ecological Design

    Christelle Terreblanche

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Is 'Positive Development' through design a viable approach to achieving sustainability in settlements and communities in developing countries like South Africa? Case study of the work of architect Etienne Bruwer. Class essay submitted for the Ecological Design module of the Bphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, August 2009.

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  • Ecological Design - the Case of Seoul, South Korea

    Natalie Wassung

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities assingment (2009): based on a review of the conceptual and empirical literature on sustainable cities, this paper analyses the unique attempts by Seoul, South Korea, to 'green' the city by, in particular, replacing the highway through the middle of Seoul with a river that used to be there.

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  • Ecological Design and the Case of the New Eikestad Mall, Stellenbosch

    Adi Ansems

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Adi Ansems: Ecological Design 2009 - after developing a critical theory of ecological design to develop a comparative analysis of mall developments in different parts of the world, the paper focuses on a case study of the new Eikestad Mall, Stellenbosch, and finds that this major development is elitist and contributes little to sustainable resource use.

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  • Enhancing resilience between people and nature in urban landscapes

    Alexis Schaffler

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis. Based on a case study of Johannesburg's 'urban forest' of 10 million trees, the concept of 'green infrastructure' is explored as key element of socio-ecological resilience.

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  • Individual Philanthropy in Post-Apartheid South Africa - A Study of Attitudes and Approaches

    Holly Wescott

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Mphil thesis, 2009. In this thesis Wescott explores the changing pattern of individual philanthropy in post-apartheid South Africa, paying particular attention to the strategies adopted by members of the emerging black elite. This is the first systematic qualitative research on this important aspect of the development process.

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    Leadership & Facilitation
  • Marketing Sustainable Cities

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities assignment (2009). This paper applies marketing theory to the challenge of communicating the need for sustainable urban living

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  • Paarl Infrastructure

    Gerhart Muller

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities Assignment (2009): case study of infrastructure in Paarl.

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  • Spaces for enchantment and the unknown

    Amelie Guyot

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Spaces for enchantment and the unknown: fairy tales, complexity thinking and a search for new ways of dreaming - child-centred sustainable development.

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  • Stone Houses, Paarl

    Blake Robinson

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities 2009 - using a conceptual framework derived from a synthesis of the sustainable cities literature that links ecological sustainability and poverty challenges, this essay includes a case study of the so-called "stone houses" in Paarl that were build for low-income houses using waste materials secured from landfills.

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  • Sustainable Cities and Local Food Systems: A partnership between restaurants and farms in Portland, Oregon

    Ashley Kaarina Taylor

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Local food systems are growing in scope and impact in communities around the world in an attempt to solve many of the environmental, social, and economic costs of global food production and conventional food chains. Communities may attain greater sustainability by reconfiguring their relationship to agriculture and food but critics of local food systems doubt its ability to fundamentally change the predominant global agricultural system due in part to the limited transformative range.

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  • Sustainable energy solutions for the residences of Stellenbosch University

    Georgina Smit

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable energy solutions for the residences of Stellenbosch University. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2009.

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  • Water Scarcity and Electricity Generation in South Africa

    Natalie Wassung

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Article 1: This article analyses more critically the impact of coal-fired electricity generation on South Africa's water resources, by estimating a water-use figure that extends backwards from the power plant to include water used during extraction of the coal. This figure can then be compared to the water usage of alternative electricity generation options. It is then possible to estimate how much water could be saved by substituting these alternatives in place of additional coal-fired plants.

    Article 2: The paper then evaluates the current system of water allocation and discusses its shortcomings, before envisioning what a sustainable allocation model might look like. Using this model and incorporating the energysaving options would liberate water to be used in other vital sectors of the economy. They would help to return dilution capacity and improve water quality, restore valuable aquatic ecosystems, and provide more drinking and sanitation water for society's desperate.

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  • What is the impact of sustainability on you as a business in the agriculture sector?

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk presented by Mark Swilling to the All Fresh Annual Conference, Sun City, 26 October 2009.

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    Food Systems
  • Zimbali Lodge, South Africa

    Owen van Dongen

    Year: 2009

    Document type: Student Research

    Own van Dongen: Sustainable Cities 2009 - a conceptual sythesis of the sustainable cities literature is used to develop a critical analysis of Zimbali Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The application of sustainability principles in elite developments is increasingly common and so this is an important contribution to discussion about this trend.

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  • Community-Driven Education and Training for Sustainable Community Development

    Tessa Rosmarin

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Community-Driven Educational and Training Model for Sustainable Community Development Resulting in Socio-Economic Upliftment in the Western Soutpansberg. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, December 2008.

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    Education & Learning
  • Contextualising Social Giving

    Mark Swilling, John Van Breda and A. Van Zyl

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Contextualising social giving: an analysis of state fiscal expenditure and poverty in South Africa, 1994-2004.In Habib, A. (ed.), Social Giving in South Africa, HSRC Press, 2008. This paper analyses the patterns of fiscal expenditure for the period 1994-2004 and contests the notion that fiscal spending was cut as part of a wider commitment to neo-liberal policies.

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  • Growing sustainable food systems

    Anri Landman

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2011): Growing sustainable food systems: a study of local food distribution initiatives in Stellenbosch. Using the critical literature on the unsustainability of the global food system, this is a study of the various food distribution systems in Stellenbosch, with special reference to the various ways that local food security can be enhanced.

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  • Local economic development, industrial policy and sustainable development in South Africa : a critical reflection on three new policy frameworks

    Kate Rivett-Carnac

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    This thesis examines three policy frameworks adopted by the South African Government, namely policies on Local Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Sustainable Development. The researcher's aim is to analyse the links, overlaps and contradictions in order to develop proposals for alignment in ways that would reinforce the sustainable development approach.

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  • Lower External Input Farming Methods as a More Sustainable Solution for Small-Scale Farmers

    Candice Kelly

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's thesis (2008). Based on field research with organic farmers in India - develops a critique of mainstream 'green revolution' agricultural approaches and develops an argument in favour of sustainable agricultural practices.

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  • Project Proposal for Mind Shift

    Monica Graaf

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Project Proposal for Mind Shift 2.0: A Logical Framework Analysis. MPhil thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2008. Mind Shift was a commercial sustainability magazine that Monica Graaf edited - she used a Logical Framework Analysis methodology to develop a strategic plan for the business.

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