The Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) hosted its annual Research Day on January 26th, bringing together staff, students, and affiliates to share their research and engage in discussions about sustainability transitions. This year’s event was held in person at the CST.
The day began with a welcome and introduction from CST Co-Directors Oonsie Biggs and Mark Swilling, followed by four sessions covering various topics related to sustainability transitions. The first session focused on resilience and included presentations from Maike Hamann, Bekezela Dube, Victoria Shifidi, Caroline Wallington, Oonsie Biggs, and Garth Malan, followed by a panel discussion.
After a lunch break, the second session covered governance and energy, with presentations from Nametso Phonchi-Tshekiso, Kevin Foster, Nthabi Mohlakoana, Nina Callaghan, and Mlondi Ndovela. The third session focused on biodiversity and conservation, with presentations from Alta de Vos, Blessing Kavhu, Hayley Clements, and Keziah Mayer. The final session explored futures and seeds and featured presentations from Nyasha Magadzire, Tanja Hichert, Julia van Velden, Rika Preiser, Amanda Manyani, and Megan Davies.
In addition to the presentations, the day also included a poster session for MPhil students, who presented their ongoing research projects. The event concluded with drinks and dinner.
The CST Research Day provided a valuable opportunity for students, staff, and affiliates to come together, share their work, and engage in discussions about the latest advancements in sustainability transitions. The event demonstrated the importance of collaboration and the sharing of ideas in driving progress in the field.