Research and Publications

Research & Publications

  • Sustainability in the restaurant industry: a Cape Town study

    Karen Welter

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Student Research

    The main aims of this thesis were to focus on the restaurant system in Cape Town with a view to creating a support mechanism for a move to more sustainable practices. A review of the literature found that despite a growing global population, the pressure on resources and consumption has been driven by the global middle class. Over half the world lives in cities and dualistic urban systems reinforce access to resources by excluding the poor and favouring the wealthy. Resource flows and consumption have degraded ecosystems, created waste and emissions. We use resources faster than they can be replenished and have exceeded the earth’s regenerative capacity.

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    Food Systems
  • Sustainability: An Interpretation of the Recycling Industry

    Eamon O'Rourke

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Student Research

    Assignment submitted for the Sustainable Development module, Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development. March 2012.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Sustainable Development

    Quintin Swart

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Student Research

    An exposition of a pervasive, polysemous and vigorously contested concept as articulated in multiple approaches to addressing the polycrisis. Assignment submitted for the Sustainable Development Module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development, Mark 2012.

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  • Sustainable Development and RUFORUM

    Megan Lindow

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Development assignment (2012). Review of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) from a Sustainable Development perspective. RUFORUM is an initiative of African Universities to stimulate research into Africa's agricultural challenges. 

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    Food Systems
  • Talk by Mark Swilling to launch Just Transitions

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    This is the text version of the talk Mark Swilling delivered to launch on 22 February 2012 in Stellenbosch the book Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World.

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    Sustainable Cities
  • Technology assessment of renewable energy sustainability in SA

    Josephine Musango

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Student Research

    Doctoral Thesis. This study developed a framework that incorporates a technology assessment approach, namely, system dynamics, within the broader scope of technology development for sustainability. The framework, termed the Systems Approach to Technology Sustainability Assessment (SATSA), integrates three key elements: technology development, sustainable development, and a dynamic systems approach. The study then provides a guiding process of applying the framework to energy technology assessment theory and practice within the context of sustainable development. Biodiesel, a cleaner burning replacement fuel, argued to potentially contribute to sustainable development, is used for the demonstration. Biodiesel development entails complex interactions of actors such as the technology developers, government at different levels, communities, as well as the natural environment. Different actions or responses in the greater system might hinder or undermine the positive effects of such a development.

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    Renewable Energy
  • Transdisciplinary R&D

    Alan Brent

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Student Research

    An investigation into the challeges of transdisicplinary values, culture and the case of the BIOSSAM project. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the Mphil in Sustainable Development, Stellenbosch University, March 2012. Supervisor: Mark Swilling. (Note: Prof Alan Brent is on academic staff of the School of Public Leadership and co-manages with Mark Swilling the Masters Programme in Sustainable Development.

    ABSTRACT: The emerging classification of Sustainability-oriented Innovation Systems places an emphasis on the social elements of change, as well as the technological. However, sustainability-oriented problems are too vast for one person or discipline to comprehend; thus people tend to want to collaborate, meaning they form teams. As a further extension to address sustainability-oriented problems, there is an increasing emphasis on transdisciplinary research and development efforts, whereby co-production transgresses boundaries, and science becomes visible before it becomes certain. To reach the objectives of transdisciplinary efforts will require two key concepts: the gathering of information from experts, namely knowledge transfer; and making connections between them, namely knowledge integration. Nevertheless, challenges have been noted in terms of academic tribes that impede teamwork, and, importantly, the lack of combined thought and action. This research, which is compiled as two journal articles, explored the collaboration, between disciplines, that has been described as the means of meeting the requirements of transdiscplinary to identify, structure, analyse and deal with specific problems in such a way that it can: grasp the complexity of problems; take into account the diversity of life-world and scientific perceptions of problems; link abstract and case-specific knowledge; and develop knowledge and practices that promote what is perceived to be the common good.

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    Education & Learning
  • Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science: practice, principles, and challenges

    Daniel J. Lang, Arnim Wiek, Matthias Bergmann, Michael Stauffacher, Pim Martens, Peter Moll, Mark Swilling, Christopher J. Thomas

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Published in: Sustain Science (2012) 7 (Supplement 1):25–43.

    There is emerging agreement that sustainability challenges require new ways of knowledge production and decision-making. One key aspect of sustainability science, therefore, is the involvement of actors from outside academia into the research process in order to integrate the best available knowledge, reconcile values and preferences, as well as create ownership for problems and solution options. Transdisciplinary, community-based, interactive, or participatory research approaches are often suggested as appropriate means to meet both the requirements posed by real-world problems as well as the goals of sustainability science as a transformational scientific field. Starting from a conceptual model of an ideal–typical transdisciplinary research process, this article synthesizes and structures such a set of principles from various strands of the literature and empirical experiences. We then elaborate on them, looking at challenges and some coping strategies as experienced in transdisciplinary sustainability projects in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. The article concludes with future research needed in order to further enhance the practice of transdisciplinary sustainability research.

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    Education & Learning
  • Transition to Sustainable Transport in Stellenbosch

    Matthew Moody

    Year: 2012

    Document type: Student Research

    The case of Stellenbosch is a local expression of the global “system of automobility”. Through a combination of infrastructure, urban form, institutions, beliefs and ways of life, this system is perpetuated at a local level. In a highly inequitable developing country context, this is particularly problematic. A town primarily designed to service car mobility is best suited to the reproduction of the middle class. The poor, and others without access to a car, are at a disadvantage and movement by green modes is, everywhere, discouraged. And yet, there are a number of innovative initiatives occurring within the town which depart from the dominant paradigm, contesting its continued dominance.

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    Development Planning
  • A case study from a gold mining company: a call for leadership

    Hlombe Makuluma

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2011). Gold mining in South Africa is an industry that is more than a century old. The impact of gold mines on communities and the environment are enormous. This thesis is a case study based in one of the major gold producers in South Africa that has been in operation for more than 50 years and has more than 30 years of life still left. Exploring the impact mining has had on communities and the environment, this thesis is a call for leadership action towards sustainable futures. This call is made through a suggested sustainable development leadership framework.

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    Leadership & Facilitation
  • A critical review for the development of sustainability indicators for Cape Town

    Kate Rivett-Karnac

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2011). Sustainable development has gained great interest at global, national and local community levels. For instance, governments, civil societies, the commercial sector as well as local communities have responded to the agreed framework of UNCED known as Agenda 21, developed at the Earth Summit€Ÿ held at Rio de Janeiro in 1992, inter alia through the development of indicators aimed at monitoring and evaluating the achievement of sustainable development. Since cities are dynamic complex open systems with interrelated social, economic and environmental systems, and sustainable development cannot be absolutely achieved, integrated sustainable development indicators that concurrently address social, economic and environmental dimensions are crucial to aid in monitoring sustainable development particularly in any given urban system. This study gives an overview of these indicators and indices. 

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    Sustainable Cities
  • An investigation of natuurboerdery (natural farming): a ZZ2 case study

    Silent Taurayi

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the MPhil in Sustainable Development, 2011. The aim of this study was to provide the first in depth description of the natuurboerdery farming system as developed and adopted by ZZ2, a privately-owned farming conglomerate in South Africa. Natuurboerdery aims to increase agricultural productivity and sustainability while maintaining environmental integrity to contribute to overall sustainability. A case study research design using multiple sources and techniques for data gathering was applied to investigate the reasons for and process of converting from conventional farming to natuurboerdery, describe the principles and practices of natuurboerdery farming and document the changes and benefits realised by conversion. It was established that ZZ2 converted to natuurboerdery farming due to the challenges associated with conventional methods of farming.  

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    Food Systems
  • Challenge of Sustainability in Cape Town

    Alexis Schaffler

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Sustainable Cities assignment 2009 - based on a synthesis of key texts from the theoretical literature on sustainable cities, the challenge of reconciling sustainable resource use and poverty eradication in Cape Town is discussed.

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  • Commercial agriculture in the swartland: investigating emerging trends towards more sustainable food

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Abstract

    This thesis 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 focussed 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.

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    Food Systems
  • Commercial agriculture in the Swartland: Investigating emerging trends towards more sustainable food production

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2011): The aim of this thesis was to determine whether or not examples exist of commercial grain farmers in the Swartland region of South Africa moving away from high-external-input agricultural production systems towards production systems based on ecologically restorative partnerships with soils and other natural systems. The research also sought to understand why these farmers were changing their approach to farming, as well as investigating the specific technologies and practices they were implementing in order to achieve these changes. In addition, the thesis also considered the theoretical implications of these changes on food security in the Western Cape.

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    Food Systems
  • Connected to the land: A photo essay

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    There are 234 million small scale farmers and farm employees in India - almost five times the entire population of South Africa. Together they are responsible for feeding almost a seventh of the world's population. This is a photo essay of portraits from time spent living and working in Northern Maharastra.

    Document Details:

    Document type: Photography Essay

    Words: 20 plates.

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  • Decoupling infrastructure services from unsustainable resource use

    Blake Robinson

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis. Decoupling infrastructure services from unsustainable resource use: cases from Cape Town. Using a theoretical framework that made it possible to conceptualise the flow of resources through the city of Cape Town and the critical role played by urban infrastructure, case studies were compiled of innovative entrepreneurs who have established businesses in Cape Town that offer urban services on a more sustainable basis.

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  • Early Childhood Development as pathway to sustainable community development

    Magdelien Spies

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    This thesis analyses the evolution and role of the Early Childhood Development programme that has been operating in the Lynedoch EcoVillage since its inception.

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    Education & Learning
  • Early Childhood Development as Pathway to Sustainable Community Development

    Magdelien Spies

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    This thesis explores the usefulness of integrated, ecological 'early childhood development' practices as entry point into sustainable community development. The early childhood and youth development activities that take place in the Lynedoch EcoVillage were used as a case study.

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    Education & Learning
  • Ecological Design: Case Study of House - Blessing, Auroville (India)

    Anri Landman

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    In this essay submitted for the Ecological Design module 2009 - case study of an ecologically designed house called Blessing located in Auroville, India.

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    Sustainable Cities
  • Economic Development, Decoupling and Urban Infrastructure

    Katherine Hyman

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's thesis (2011). Economic Development, Decoupling and Urban Infrastructure: lessons from Cape Town's urban system. Paper based on her Mphil thesis research presented at the World Resource Forum, Davos, August 2039. Abstract: While the current economic development trajectory, as determined by global resource flows, is fundamentally unsustainable, decoupling can be adopted as an alternative growth paradigm which allows human development through non-material growth, without the environmental and social casualties of the incumbent model. Particularly, decoupling at the city scale, using networked urban infrastructure as the intervention point, has the greatest capacity to contribute to the resolution of environmental resource constraints. By nature cities are responsible for the majority of production and consumption activities attributed to environmental degradation while simultaneously acting as the primary location for economic, institutional, and human capital which promote innovation. Innovation systems, in particular sustainability orientated innovation systems that stimulate urban transitions are pertinent to the successful implementation of decoupling. The case of Cape Town offers valuable lessons in light of the advanced understanding of urban resource flows and the potential to realise an urban scale transition.

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  • Establishing Viable and Sustainable Rural Economic Development Programmes

    Vuyo Mahlati

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for a PhD in Public Management and Planning. Establishing Viable and Sustainable Rural Economic Development Programmes in a Competitive Global Economy: Analysis of Marual Commercialisation in South Africa.  Summary: Rural poverty seems to get worse despite escalating expenditures on rural development. The problem is that rural development is regarded as a welfare function rather than an economic opportunity. Based on a detailed critique of existing theories of rural development, a transdisciplinary case study of the marula value chain is used to conceptualize an alternative theory of rural development. It is concluded that rural households engaged in marula cultivation could gain a much larger share of the value chain if they could access appropriate funding and institutional support. The result would be rural economic development that links global and local markets.

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    Development Planning
  • Exploring the possibility of the insurance industry as a solar water heater driver

    Karen Kritzinger

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    South Africa is facing an energy crisis on two levels; the existing capacity to supply electricity is unable to support future growth in demand, and the electricity being produced comes mostly from coal-fired power stations with
    associated emission problems. The South African government has a target for renewable energy to service 23% of the country’s energy consumption by 2013. This could potentially be realised through achievement of another government target, the installation of one million Solar Water Heaters (SWHs). On a technical level, Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) represent a completely viable renewable energy alternative for South Africa. It is an established and proven technology which has the potential to have a big impact on the country’s electricity capacity problems. SWHs can be used in a variety of applications from industry to households. Most of the hot water in South African homes is heated by electric resistance heating in standard electric water heaters and there are no technical obstacles to replacing most of these with SWHs, thereby delivering a saving of up to 70% of the water heating energy bill. Water heating currently accounts for 40% of domestic electricity consumption within a residential sector that uses 20-30% of the national supply. At the macroscale, the roll out of SWH programmes is completely scalable.

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    Renewable Energy
  • Growth, Resource Use and Decoupling - Towards a 'Green New Deal' for South Africa?

    Prof. Mark Swilling

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    ECSECC Working Papers Series 14 (2011). East London: ECSECC. The ECSECC Working Paper Series was launched as a platform for publishing work in progress in areas broadly aligned with the strategic objectives of the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council. 

    The ‘Green’ economy is a fast-growing new economic development model in contrast to the existing model based on fossil fuels, such as coal. It aims, through an ecological economics, at addressing the interdependence of human economies and natural ecosystems and the adverse impact of human economic activities on climate change and global warming. In the midst of the global economic crisis, the UN Environment Programme called for a global Green New Deal according to which governments were encouraged to support economic transformation to a greener economy.

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    Sustainable Cities
  • Just facilitation: facilitating sustainable social change in contexts of injustice

    Rebecca Freeth  

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2011). Abstract: This thesis addresses the following fundamental question: How do we navigate social change in response to pressing contemporary issues of justice and sustainability? To answer this question, the researcher addresses the relationship between justice and sustainability; the balance between power and love; and how facilitators of social change can be committed to justice but remain true to the principle of neutrality.

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    Education & Learning
  • Land reform in South Africa: reflections on Indian experiences

    Luke Metelerkamp

    Year: 2011

    Document type: Faculty Research & Publications

    Abstract: 

    This paper is the result of a five month period spent working and travelling in India in 2011. It is my interpretation of the reaction I had, as a South African, to people and their relationships with land that I encountered while there.

    The paper begins with a brief background to the reform process in India and South Africa. Following this the paper is divided into two parts: the first being a reflection on the Bhoodan movement of land-gifting led by Gandhian disciple Vinoba Bhave and its relevance to deconstructing the oppositional tensions in contemporary South African land reform; the second half of the paper applies a food systems perspective to the land relationships in both countries so as to draw out lessons from the Indian experience of land reform and present suggestions for reform efforts in South Africa. It is argued that a food systems perspective provides a good lens through which to approach agrarian land reform as it is able to elucidate many of the broader socio-ecological complexities which traditional analyses often struggle to connect.

    The paper concludes by arguing for a shift away from the current â€chasing hectares€Ÿ approach to land reform targets in South Africa, in favour of adopting a livelihoods potential approach, which focuses on periurban land as the most viable way to continue pro-poor reform.

    Key words: Land reform, India, South Africa, land gifting, reconstruction, food systems, peri-urban

    Words: 9658

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  • 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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    Social Innovation
  • 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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  • A value chain analysis of the solar water heater industry in the Western Cape

    Jaco du Toit

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Master's Thesis (2010). A value chain analysis of the solar water heater industry in the Western Cape: investigating opportunities for local economic development, poverty alleviation and energy conservation. Using a case study of low-income households in Stellenbosch, this thesis addresses the problem of the relatively high capital cost of solar water heating for low-income households. The hot water requirements of low-income households are investigated together with the potential energy and carbon emission savings that solar water heaters present. The solar water heater value chain is investigated to determine what costs can be reduced and how increased production can be a job creator.

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    Renewable Energy
  • 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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    Food Systems
  • 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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    Sustainable Cities
  • 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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    Sustainable Cities
  • 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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    Sustainable Cities
  • 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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    Leadership & Facilitation
  • 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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    Sustainable Cities
  • 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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    Development Planning
  • 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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    Education & Learning
  • 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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    Food Systems
  • Solar Roof Tiles: A Macro-Economic Framework

    Ben Mokheseng

    Year: 2010

    Document type: Student Research

    Solar Roof Tiles: A Macro-Economic Framework. Using a case study of Lynedoch's experimental solar roof tile system, this thesis builds a cost effecitveness model comparing what it will cost to supply a million houses with a similar solar system versus what it will cost to supply the same amount of energy from a coal-fired power station.

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    Renewable Energy
  • 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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