Research and Publications

Research & Publications

  • 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.

    Download PDF

    1885
    Education & Learning
  • Social Responsibility and the Pentecostal Church, Phoenix, Durban

    Virginia Francis

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Applying Corporate Social Responsibility Principles to the Church: A case study of the interface between the Indian Pentecostal/Charismatic Church in the Phoenix Community, Durban North (KwaZulu Natal) and Social Responsibility. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2008. Based on interviews and participant observation, the research analyses the pentecostal churches in a Durban community and asks why these Churches neglect social issues in a context that is plagued by a range of very serious social problems.

    Download PDF

    1913
    Education & Learning
  • Stellenbosch Sustainable Human Settlement Strategy: PPT Presentation

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    This is a power point presentation that summarizes a report commissioned by Stellenbosch Municipality in 2008. Recommends an approach for doubling the size of Stellenbosch in an ecologically sustainable and equitable manner.

    Download PDF

    1775
    Development Planning
  • The state of African cities 2014: Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions

    Marlene Laros and Freda Jones

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    The current report is the third in The State of African. Cities series. The first, The State of African Cities 2008: A framework for addressing urban challenges in Africa, was explorative and analyzed general urban conditions and trends and identified benchmarks. It drew the attention to the rapid future growth of African cities and towns; to the apparent inability of local authorities to deal with present, let alone future urban population increases; and to the need for Africa to prepare for new urban configurations very different from the traditional concepts that see a city as an urban area within a clearly defined boundary and governed by a single municipal authority.

    Download PDF

    5116
    Sustainable Cities
  • Towards the development of an appropriate organisational development approach

    Schirin Yachkaschi

    Year: 2008

    Document type: Student Research

    Doctoral Thesis, December 2008. Towards the Development of an Appropriate Organisational Development Approach for Optimising the Capacity Building of Community-Based Organisations (CBOs): A Case Study of 3 CBOs in the Western Cape. . In this Phd Yachkaschi develops a unique conceptual framework for understanding the application of organisational development approaches to CBOs. CBOs are assumed to be the key to participatory development, but there is very little known about the organisational development of CBOs.

    Download PDF

    1931
    Education & Learning
  • Addressing environmental issues in a post-conflict situation: the case of afghanistan

    Francis Caas

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Both Afghanistan and Sudan have experienced extended periods of war and violent conflict. Sudan has been engulfed in a nearly continuous and bitter civil war since independence in 1956. Afghanistan has been in a state of conflict since the Soviet invasion in 1979. Both nations are also among the poorest and least developed in the world. The article on Sudan addresses the interlinkages that exist between conflict and natural resources and how access to and unequal distribution of natural resources have triggered and fuelled violent conflict. In the case of Afghanistan, the article looks at the reasons for US military intervention in 2001 and analyses the reconstruction and development programmes devised by the international community in order to rebuild the country. Complement to his other article on Sudan, this article applies the 'resource wars' approach to Afghanistan. 

    Download PDF

    1900
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Copperbelt Environment Project in Zambia

    Peter Sinkamba

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    This is a technical and financial proposal for a large scale and complex sustainable development project in Zambia. The sustainable development project is the Copperbelt Environment Project (CEP). This proposal aims at developing strategies for addressing sustainability problems of CEP.

    Download PDF

    1901
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Development

    Flora Gitari

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Does the corporate citizenship discourse represent a sincere attempt by business to contribute to sustainable development, or is it primarily about maintaining business as usual? What are the implications for companies, the state and civil society organisations? Flora Gitari is from Kenya, living in Lesotho. This was her assignment for the Corporate Citizenship module.

    Download PDF

    1890
    Leadership & Facilitation
  • Energy Efficient Homes in the USA

    Asa Foss

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis. Asa Foss is an American who works in the rapidly growing green buildings movement in the United States. This was his Mphil research work.

    Download PDF

    1898
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Gender and rural water services

    Urszula Rust

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Principles for mainstreaming gender equality in the South African rural water services sector. This thesis analyses the role of women in the provision of rural water services and finds that gender roles are reinforced rather than transformed. She recommends principles and guidelines that if adopted will contribute to changes in rural water service delivery practices that will transform rather than reinforce current gender relations and roles.

    Download PDF

    1918
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Indigenous Governance Systems and Sustainable Development

    Segametsi Moatlhaping

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    The Role of Indigenous Governace System(s) in Sustainable Development: Case of Moshupa Village, Botswana. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2007. In this thesis, the researcher re-examines the indigenous governance systems that exist in Botswana, with special reference to her original home. She examines the principles of these systems and shows how they could contribute to the kinds of governance systems that are required for more sustainable forms of development.

    Download PDF

    1910
    Development Planning
  • Influence of wilderness experience on the adoption of environmentally responsible behaviour

    Benita de Wet

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Conventional environmental education programmes appear to have limitations in precipitating the radical change needed to solve major environmental problems. In this study the potential of wilderness experience (WE) as a catalyst for developing ecoliteracy and consequent adoption of environmentally responsible behaviour (ERB), are discussed. Attitudinal changes and adoption of ERB by adult participants, following a weekend WE conducted in the Pilanesberg National Park, located in the North-West Province of South Africa, were probed through group and individual interviews over a period of time. Results indicate that WE may be a significant catalyst in developing ecoliteracy, while effects on adoption of ERB are diluted by several factors – both personal and structural (societal).

    Download PDF

    1860
    Leadership & Facilitation
  • Investigation of sustainable indigenous agricultural practice: a systems approach

    Russell Mmiso Dlamini

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    The overall objective of the study was to investigate and document IK (Indigenous Knowledge) in Swaziland from a systems perspective. A systems approach ensured that the reductionist nature of scientific theories and practices in social sciences did not become a limiting factor on the qualitative and explorative study.

    Download PDF

    3991
    Food Systems
  • Lynedoch water and sanitation system

    Terry Dowling

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2007). Sustainable development in water and sanitation: a case study of the water and sanitation system at the Lynedoch EcoVillage Development.

    Download PDF

    1736
  • Oude Molen Scenarios Part 1

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    This is Part 1 of the Oude Molen Scenarios document completed in 2007 by the Oude Molen team led by John and Shannon Van Breda. This document was submitted to the Cabinet of the Western Cape Provincial Government to guide decision-making with respect to the Oude Molen Development in Cape Town's inner city. The Sustainability Institute was appointed in 2005 to project manage this development.

    Download PDF

    1680
    Development Planning
  • Oude Molen Strategy doc

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Download PDF

    1690
    Development Planning
  • Rural Renewable Energy

    Wikus Kruger

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Towards an appropriate framework for South African rural renewable energy provision. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, December 2007. Based on a review of the literature on the potential of renewable energy provision in rural areas, this thesis critically reviewed a major renewable energy project in the Eastern Cape with major lessons for future projects.

    Download PDF

    1899
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Technical and financial proposal for sustainability of the Copperbelt Environment Project in Zambia

    Peter Sinkamba

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Project Proposal: Technical and Financial Proposal for Sustainability of the Copperbelt Environment Project in Zambia. Peter Sinkamba, a well known sustainable development practitioner in Zambia's NGO sector, wrote this Project Proposal as his Mphil research. 

    Download from SUNScholar

    5472
  • Testing the Limits of Inclusive Capitalism: A Case Study of HP

    Ricarda McFalls

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of a MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management, March 2005. In this thesis the researcher has used the corporate citizenship literature to develop a critical analysis of Hewlet Packard's agreement with President Thabo Mbeki to set up an "i-community" in the poorest rural area in South Africa based on the assumption that information technology can drive the development process. The project was a failure and this thesis explains why.  

    Download PDF

    1882
  • The relevance, importance and applicability of corporate social and environmental responsibility

    Marie-Louise Louw

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis. A South African Case Studies by Marie-Louise Louw. This is an Mphil thesis that examines the approaches adopted by Rhodes University, Spier Wine Estate and Stellenbosch University towards social and environmental responsibility.

    Download PDF

    1925
    Leadership & Facilitation
  • Transforming Grabouw

    Gareth Haysom

    Year: 2007

    Document type: Student Research

    Gareth Haysom, a researcher at the Sustainability Institute who graduated Cum Laude with his MPhil in 2007, submitted this research project in partial fulfillment of his MPhil requirements. It is a project proposal for the replanning of Grabouw, Western Cape, along sustainable development lines.

    Download PDF

    1920
    Development Planning
  • A Figure/Ground Analogy for Integrating Sustainability and Planning

    Christelle Beyers

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2006). This work was based on assignments written by Christelle Beyers for various modules on the Mphil programme. Keywords: sustainability, sustainable development, planning, planning systems, figure ground analogy, footprinting, infrastructure, community participation, complexity

    Download PDF

    1678
    Development Planning
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Land Rights in South Africa (Whither the Farm Dwellers?)

    Wendy Crane

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2006). South Africa is unique in that its globally significant biodiversity, which is under major threat, coexists with an apartheid history of dispossession that produced a starkly unequal land ownership pattern and widespread rural poverty. It is in this context that the post-apartheid government must fulfil constitutional and international obligations to safeguard environmental assets as well as undertake land reform benefiting the previously dispossessed. Consequently, there is a continuous challenge of reconciling complex and often conflicting relationships between poverty, inequitable access to resources, and the protection of biodiversity.

    Download PDF

    1870
    Education & Learning
  • Building sustainable neighbourhoods in South Africa: Learning from the Lynedoch case

    Mark Swilling & Eve Annecke

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Published in: Environment and Urbanization 2006 18: 315.

    Urban development strategies that aim to eradicate poverty will only be successful if these strategies include ecological sustainability criteria relating to sanitation, solid waste removal, energy, building materials and food security.(1) This paper uses the Lynedoch EcoVillage development in Stellenbosch (near Cape Town) to demonstrate that this can result in a balance between growth, equity and sustainability without any one of these criteria being seen as less or more important. In practice, however, judgments need to be made, and original intentions are often thwarted by conditions as they emerge during the course of the development process. Lynedoch EcoVillage is a significant case because it is the first intentional, socially mixed ecologically designed urban development in the South African context. To this extent, the Lynedoch Development is a challenge to both the traditional unsustainable approaches to urban design and infrastructure that have dominated the democratic period in South Africa since 1994, and to the perpetuation of economic apartheid whereby the rich and poor have remained segregated.

     

    Download PDF

    5213
    Sustainable Cities
  • Cape Town Organic Produce Cooperative

    Rebecca Freeth

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    In this essay submitted for the Sustainable Development; Module of the Mphil Programme in 2006, Rebecca Freeth (from Cape Town) provides an analysis from a sustainability perspective of a unique organic produce cooperative that operates in Cape Town.

    Download PDF

    1969
    Food Systems
  • Land reform & biodiversity conservation

    Wendy Crane

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    Wendy Crane, an independent sustainable development consultant based in the Southern Cape, wrote this article on the relationship between land reform and biodiversity conservation in the Southern Cape in fulfillment of the research project requirement of her Mphil degree. She graduated in April 2006. The article has been accepted for publication in the accredited journal Geoforum, 22 August 2006.

    Download PDF

    1669
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Leaving Utopia - Sustainable Development

    Fleur Bologne

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    In this essay submitted in 2006 for the Sustainable Development Module, Fleur Bologne from Holland reflects on the consumer cultures of developed economies and the implications from a sustainability perspective.

    Download PDF

    1967
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Natural Resources and Conflict in Sudan

    Francis Caas

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    Natural Resources and Conflict in Sudan was submitted by Francis Caas in 2006. It is one of two academic journal articles on 'resource wars', i.e. military conflicts over control of primary resources. This is a case study of Sudan.

    Download PDF

    1917
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Overview of Lynedoch EcoVillage

    Mark Swilling & Eve Annecke

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Swilling, M. Annecke, E. 2006. Building sustainable neighbourhoods in South Africa: learning from the Lynedoch case. Environment and Urbanization, 18(2): 315-332. 

    Download PDF

    1737
    Education & Learning
  • Philippi Strategic Development Framework

    Year: 2006

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    Abstract

    This Strategic Development Framework (SDF) is a proposal for recycling the ruined grounds and derelict buildings of an abandoned cement factory in Philippi, Cape Town into a Sustainable Business and Residential Neighbourhood. The 12ha property, known locally as the old cement factory is owned by The Business Place Philippi, a Section 21 company1 established by two large companies and two NGOs: Investec Bank, British American Tobacco, the Sustainability Institute, and Abalimi. 

    Of relevance to food systems researchers and practitioners is the incorporation of food and agricultural spaces and cycles into the SDF.

    Download PDF

    1816
  • Sustainable Development and Dematerialisation

    Wikus Kruger

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    In this essay submitted for the Sustainable Development Module 2006, Wikus Kruger explores the big issues of our day and concludes that although it does seem that all the means exist to build a more sustainable world via dematerialisation, he wonders whether human beings have what it takes to make the choices the need to be made before it is too late. Keywords: sustainable development, dematerialisation, consumption, lifestyle.

    Download PDF

    1966
    Sustainable Cities
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Impact Assessment

    Gerhard Gerber

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    In this essay submitted for the Sustainable Development module 2006, Gerhard Gerber provides a comprehensive review of the sustainable development literature, and then uses this to review the nature and implications of Environmental Impact Assessments in the Western Cape.

    Download PDF

    1903
    Development Planning
  • Urban water resources in Windhoek, Namibia

    Francois Van Rensburg

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2006). It analyses the various systems that Windhoek has developed to ensure longer-term water security, and some the problems that require solutions.

    Download PDF

    1922
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Working for Water: a Deep Ecology Perspective

    Jennifer Gouza

    Year: 2006

    Document type: Student Research

    This essay submitted for the Sustainable Development 2006 module analyses a Working for Water Project in St. Francis Bay, Eastern Cape. She combines a sustainability framework with a deep ecology perspective to reveal new relationships within communities and between communities and natural systems.

    Download PDF

    1981
    Education & Learning
  • A Study of Efficiency and Potential of EcoVillage as an Alternative Urban Model

    Berendine Irrgang

    Year: 2005

    Document type: Student Research

    A Study of the Efficiency and Potential of EcoVillage as an Alternative Urban Model - thesis submitted by Berendine Irrgang in 2005 in partial fulfillment of her Mphil. She discusses the emerging literature on ecovillages and the approaches that were adopted during the design of the Lynedoch EcoVillage. 

    Download from SUNScholar

    5475
  • A study of efficiency and potential of ecovillage as an alternative urban model

    Berendine Irrgang

    Year: 2005

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2005). This thesis discusses the emerging literature on ecovillages and the approaches that were adopted during the design of the Lynedoch EcoVillage. Keywords: ecovillage, sustainable urban development, ecological planning, Lynedoch.

    Download PDF

    1916
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Assessing community participation: the Huidare informal settlement

    Tutaleni Nampila

    Year: 2005

    Document type: Student Research

    Reviews the dynamics of community participation in Huidare Informal Settlement in Windhoek, Namibia, and contrasts this reality with the stated intentions of government policies with respect to participation. 

    Download from SUNScholar

    5474
    Development Planning
  • Cape Town 2025

    Mark Swilling

    Year: 2005

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Paper by Mark Swilling commissioned by the Isandla Institute for presentation at the Cape Town 2025 Conference, June 2005. Reviews the relationship between consumption, footprints, infrastructure planning and sustainable resource use in Cape Town.

    Download PDF

    1700
    Sustainable Cities
  • Community Participation in Huidare Informal Settlement, Windhoek

    Tutaleni Nampila

    Year: 2005

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2005). Reviews the dynamics of community participation in Huidare Informal Settlement in Windhoek, Namibia, and contrasts this reality with the stated intentions of government policies with respect to participation. 

    Download PDF

    1924
    Leadership & Facilitation
  • The impact of the new public management reforms on political control and corruption: The case of Malawi's local governance

    Richard Tambulasi

    Year: 2005

    Document type: Student Research

    Download from SUNScholar

    5473
    Development Planning
  • An experiment in living and learning - the Lynedoch story

    Year: 2004

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Paper published in 2004 by Mark Swilling and Eve Annecke in a book about the transition which captured the patterns of thinking that inspired the Lynedoch EcoVillage development.

    Download PDF

    1675
  • Biodiversity Economy

    Wendy Crane

    Year: 2003

    Document type: Student Research

    This article was published by Trialogue based on research that Wendy Crane (2003 intake) conducted for her final Mphil research project.

    Download PDF

    1659
    Resource Efficiencies
  • Scope and Size of the Non-Profit Sector in South Africa

    Mark Swilling & Bev Russel

    Year: 2002

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Published in: Scope and Size of the Non-Profit Sector in South Africa, by Mark Swilling and Bev Russel. 2002. Durban: Centre for Civil Society. This study was published as a book which is no longer available. The full text of this book can be accessed here.

    Download PDF

    1681
    Sustainable Cities
  • ‘My Soul I Can See’: The Limits of Governing African Cities in a Context of Globalisation

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Mtshali's famous poem about Johannesburg's main street was written during the apartheid era. It questions the illusion created by apartheid, and suggests that the blind and poor are better able to see the soul of the city. But now that apartheid has gone - as has colonialism in the rest of Africa - are we really any closer to 'seeing' and therefore understanding the soul(s) of the African city? This paper suggests that we are not.  We argue that the reason for this lies in our remarkably persistent attachment to forms of urban modernity that originated in European and American contexts that cannot be compared to the cultural, political and economic contexts shaping African cities today. 

    Download PDF

    1689
    Sustainable Cities
  • A review of the literature on smallholder farmers and organic agriculture in South Africa (2015)

    Candice Kelly and Luke Metelerkamp

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    In 2015, the Southern Africa Food Lab commissioned Candice and Luke to provide a review of the literature on organic agriculture and smallholders in South Africa. This was one of the starting points for a larger project conducted by the Lab for GIZ.

    Download PDF

    5302
    Food Systems
  • Africa 2050: Brief prepared for Resource Panel meeting, November 2010

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Discussion paper prepared by Mark Swilling for the 7th meeting of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management - focus is on optimism about economic growth in Africa, but the resource curse remains.

    Download PDF

    1686
  • Africa 2050: Growth, Resource Productivity and Decoupling

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Talk presented by Mark Swilling at the 7th meeting of the International Resource Panel, Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch.

    Download PDF

    1773
  • Africa's Development Challenges in a Resource Constrained World

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Keynote address by Mark Swilling to World Resources Forum, Davos, Switzerland, September 19.

    Download PDF

    1774
  • Agricultural innovation in the Swartland: investigating promsing practices for larger farms

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Document type: Student Research

    This paper is an abbreviated MPhil dissertation. It focuses on innovations taking place on large scale commercial farms in the Western Cape and uses case studies to investigate how farmers are responding to the sustainability challenges of the 21st century. The research focused specifically on seven positive innovators whose practices or thinking were, in some way, contributing towards positive change in the sector. Theoretical connections between these farm level changes and regional food security were then drawn.

    Download PDF

    1823
    Food Systems
  • Agriculture and the payment for environmental services: Lessons from Costa Rica in the balancing of agriculture and ecosystems

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Lessons from Costa Rica in the balancing of agriculture and ecosystems.

    Download PDF

    3978
    Food Systems