Understanding Social Ecological Regime Shifts: The case of woody encroachment in South Africa.

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August 2019

Understanding Social Ecological Regime Shifts: The case of woody encroachment in South Africa.

Humanity has been very successful in modifying the planet to meet the demands of a rapidly growing human population. The dissertation emphasises the importance of understanding the social and ecological interactions that underlie woody encroachment, including the worldviews of land users and managers.

Advancing resilience assessments: the social dimensions of electricity supply in South Africa

Electricity supply serves as a lifeline, is foundational to the effective functioning of modern society, and powers multiple layers of other critical infrastructure systems. This dissertation uses the implications of complexity thinking and resilience thinking to investigate approaches to assess and build the resilience of the embedded social resources required to ensure resilient essential service delivery.

July 2019

T-labs for Alternative Food Systems in the Western Cape

There is a growing body of experience feeding the design of and motivation for social innovation labs as spaces that can be used to enable transformation or change. Olsson et al. (2004) have described transformation as...

April 2019

Sustainable energy transition framework for unmet electricity markets.

Efficient energy supply is a means for people to gain access to a wide range of energy-related services. In unmet energy markets where energy supply is inadequate or lacking, such services, and the resulting benefits, are seldom attained. This has prompted research on energy transition, specifically a transition to renewable energy, to rapidly diffuse energy

Understanding electricity legitimacy dynamics in an urban informal settlement in South Africa: A Community Based System Dynamics approach.

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