Welcome to CST, the pioneering research and training hub that draws together researchers and practitioners interested in the dynamics of transition using complexity thinking, sustainability science and transdisciplinarity methodologies.


The CST is a flagship research and teaching initiative at Stellenbosch University that brings together research on transdisciplinarity, complexity theory, sustainability, and social-ecological resilience to inform pressing national, continental, and global sustainability and development challenges. The CST hosts leading scientists and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, and fosters collaborations with a variety of departments across the university, nationally and globally, providing a vibrant hub for solution-oriented, transdisciplinary sustainability science. The primary objective of the CST is to co-produce transformational knowledge on the dynamics of multi-scale social-ecological change in partnership with key stakeholders, and thereby provide strategic insights into the new modes of research and governance that can bring about a just transition to a more equitable and sustainable society, both in southern Africa and globally.

The teaching and learning within the postgraduate programmes is a critical component of the CST’s approach to co-producing transformational knowledge to support sustainability transitions. As the various global social-ecological crises deepen, a new generation is rising into leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors that are required to possess a broad transdisciplinary understanding of the various dimensions of these challenges and related solutions.

The CST has a vibrant research community, with its own research commons where staff and students collaborate and interact in the boardroom and lounge area.


Application Information

Information on bursaries and scholarships are available on the Bursaries and Loans webpage of Stellenbosch University.

For information on applications, fees, accommodation or any other queries please contact: cstenquiries@sun.ac.za