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.

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What can you do with a postgraduate degree in partnership with CST?

  • Integration of knowledge across disciplines.
  • Co-creation of knowledge with (rather than for) society that transcends disciplines.
  • Become a thought leader in the area of complex systems in transition.
  • Learn how to understand and influence complex transitions to advance human wellbeing and achieve a more sustainable world.
  • Become part of a research team that merges modellers, theorists, applied researchers and societal stakeholders.
  • Pioneer a mode of research that will contribute to developing distinct advantages within the South African, African and global context.
  • Develop and support evidence-based policy and decision-making that could contribute to sustainability transitions.
  • Develop capabilities to interpret, disseminate and communicate co-generated information and knowledge of transitions in complex socio-ecological systems to different target audiences, from the scientific community to policy-makers to a wide variety of societal actors and stakeholders.

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.

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How to become part of the research and training hub:

  • Students apply to become research partners with CST.
  • CST builds on existing Masters and Doctoral programmes at Stellenbosch University.
  • Students are required to choose from the existing research themes.
  • Research topics allocated to students will be closely aligned with the six research themes, and will be conducted in conjunction with the transdisciplinary case studies (TDC’s).
  • Prospective students are supervised by CST-affiliated staff.

The existing programmes that will be expanded include:

  • Transdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in the study of sustainability and complexity (TD-PhD). Participants in this programme are registered in specific departments (including, but not limited to, those mentioned below). They usually have 2 or 3 co-supervisors drawn from different Departments and participate in joint Doctoral Seminars every two weeks.

School of Public Leadership (SPL)

Strengths: sustainability, complexity (including systems dynamics modelling), governance, transdisciplinary research

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development (PGD-SD) – course work (8 x 15 credit modules)
  • MPhil in Sustainable Development (MPhil-SD – Note: PGD-SD is only recognised entry qualification) – 2 courses (15 credits each) plus thesis (150 credits)
  • MPhil in Environmental Management (MPhil-EM)
  • Specialist training courses in systems dynamics modelling (already offered as electives in the MPhil programme)

Sustainability Institute (SI)

Strengths: fifteen years of experience in the transdisciplinary teaching and learning about sustainability, strong working partnerships with a range of civil society formations in SA and across Africa, manages various large-scale transdisciplinary research projects for international, African and South African institutions.

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (DMME)

Strengths: sustainability (with special reference to technical aspects of renewable energy)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (Renewable and Sustainable Energy)
  • Masters in Engineering (Renewable and Sustainable Energy)

Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology (DCEE)

Strengths: social-ecological systems, sustainability

  • MSC in Conservation Ecology
  • PhD in Conservation Ecology

Department of Curriculum Studies

Strengths: sustainability, complexity, transdisciplinary research, governance

  • Master of Education (specialising in environmental education/epistemologies of education)
  • DPhil or Doctorate in Education (specialising in environmental education/epistemologies of education)

Department of Information Science

Strengths: complexity; decision-making; knowledge management

  • MPhil in Information & Knowledge Management
  • PhD in Arts and Social Sciences (Information & Knowledge Management)

Application Information

Prospective Postgraduate Students click here

Applications now open for 2017:

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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