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CST researcher Nina Callaghan’s Personal Reflections on COP27, Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt

Sinai has been the place of revelations in the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, divine messages coming to the prophets Elijah, Moses and Muhammed. It is an austere landscape of sharp, red, ragged peaks rising suddenly from the desert, fringing the azure blue corralled waters of the Red Sea. I ponder this history

South Africa’s wildlife ranches can offer solutions to Africa’s growing conservation challenges

Zebras stand in a ranch in South Africa. Francois Louw/Shutterstock Designated protected areas for wildlife – such as national parks – are the world’s principal conservation strategy. But this model to conserve wildlife in Africa is increasingly coming under pressure. Changing climates, volatile economies and political systems, conflicting sentiments around wildlife management practices

Climate change and the urgency to transform food systems

New processes and governance arrangements are urgently needed for dealing with potential trade-offs among mitigation options and their food security implications.

When is transdisciplinarity an appropriate research methodology?

Transdisciplinarity distinguishes itself from mono-, multi- and inter-disciplinarity in that it – as research methodology – has developed specific principles, practices and methods of co-producing knowledge with social partners when facing real-world problem situations that are too complex to tackle with theoretical knowledge alone.

SES methods “hackathon”: Creative collaboration for open-access resources

The Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST), in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Rhodes University, recently hosted a “hackathon” for an exciting new SES Methods website. This new website, expected to be launched mid-2022, is envisioned as a research commons with researchers all over the world working together to create useful resources related to Social-Ecological Systems (SES) methods.

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