Garth Malan

Supervisors: Prof. Mark Swilling

Field of research

  • Water, Energy and Food (WEF) Nexus
  • Circular Economy
  • Resilience


While completing his master’s degree, Garth gained a deep appreciation for the integral role that resources play, but more so, the value in increasing their utility. His current research is concerned with the water, energy and food (WEF) nexus, and how it could be operationalized on a city scale towards urban resource security and resilience for Cape Town. By analysing the urban metabolism of the city, his research seeks to optimise resource pathways; support synergies, mitigate trade-offs and extend the life-cycles of these resources in response to an ever increasing demand faced with multi-faceted constraints.

His research is a contribution to a project titled “Nexusing Water, Energy and Food to Increase Resilience in the Cape Town Metropolitan Region”. It is in partnership with Utrecht University, the University of the Western Cape, several industry partners and practitioners. The consortium is funded by the NRF and NWO.

Garth holds a BSc MechEng and MBA from UCT, is a ECSA registered Professional Engineer and currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions at Stellenbosch University.