Exploring resilience through the stories of food innovators in the Western Cape, South Africa

Lindow, M., Biggs, R., Preiser, R. and Pereira, L.
Publication: GRAID Policy Brief
2020 - Books & Special Issues

This book explores ‘storymaking’ as a way of unpacking some of the different capacities that social innovators in the food system of the Western Cape, South Africa, are drawing on in their efforts towards resilience.

Impacts of a trophy hunting ban on private land conservation in South African biodiversity hotspots

Parker, K., De Vos, A., Clements, H.S., Biggs, D. and Biggs, R.
Publication: Conservation Science and Practice
2020 - Journal Articles

In southern Africa, where many PLCAs rely on trophy hunting as an income-generating strategy, a
potential ban on trophy hunting locally or abroad holds unknown consequences
for the future conservation of these lands. In this study, we investigate the consequences of a potential trophy hunting ban in private land conservation areas in two biodiversity hotspots in South Africa’s Eastern and Western Cape provinces.

Advancing understanding of natural resource governance: a post-Ostrom research agenda

G. S. Cumming; S. Chawla; G. G. Gurney; T. H. Morrison; G. Epstein; J. M. Anderies; C. I. Apetrei; J. Baggio; Bodin; M. Schlüter; H. S. Clements; M. Cox; L. Egli; R. Seppelt; B. Müller; M. Lubell; N. Magliocca; H. Unnikrishnan; S. Villamayor-Tomas; C. M.
Publication: Environmental Sustainability
2020 - Journal Articles

In our current context of global environmental change, the need for effective institutions (i.e., formal laws, rules, norms and customs) to moderate human impacts, through environmental governance and management, has never been greater.

Adopting process-relational perspectives to tackle the challenges of socialecological systems research

Mancilla García, M., T. Hertz, M. Schlüter, R. Preiser, and M. Woermann
Publication: Ecology and Society
2020 - Journal Articles

In this paper, we demonstrate that adopting a process relational perspective, which focuses on nonequilibrium dynamics and relations between processes, provides novel opportunities to advance SES research.

Using A Social‐ecological Regime Shift Approach to Understand the Transition from Livestock to Game Farming in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Achieng, T., Maciejewski, K., Dyer, M. and Biggs, R.
Publication: Land
2020 - Journal Articles

This study explored the shift in land use from livestock farming to game farming in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, from a social‐ecological regime shift perspective.

Food System Transformation: Integrating a Political–Economy and Social–Ecological Approach to Regime Shifts

Pereira, L.M., Drimie, S., Maciejewski, K., Bon Tonissen, P. and Biggs, R.
Publication: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
2020 - Journal Articles

It is increasingly apparent that a deep transformation in the way we produce and consume food is needed in order to ensure a more just and sustainable future.

Effectiveness of private land conservation areas in maintaining natural land cover and biodiversity intactness

Shumba, T.,De Vos, A., Biggs, R., Esler, K.J., Ament, J.M., Clements, H.S.
Publication: Global Ecology and Conservation
2020 - Journal Articles

Private land conservation areas are increasingly looked to for meeting the deficit left by state-owned protected areas in reaching global conservation targets.

Learning for transitions: a niche perspective

Metelerkamp, L., R. Biggs, and S. Drimie.
Publication: Ecology and Society
2020 - Journal Articles

Roughly eight hundred million youth are projected to enter the African job market by 2050. By training the youth in new practices and approaches, they could be central to creating new systems and African futures that are more sustainable and just.

Scenarios of Good Anthropocenes in southern Africa

M. Hamann, R. Biggs, L. Pereira, R. Preiser, T. Hichert, R. Blanchard, H. Warrington-Coetzee, N. Kingh, A. Merriec, W. Nilsson, P. Odendaal, S. Poskitt, D. Sanchez Betancourt, G. Ziervogel.
Publication: Futures
2020 - Journal Articles

In the rapidly changing and uncertain world of the Anthropocene, positive visions of the future could play a crucial role in catalysing deep social-ecological transformations to help guide humanity towards more sustainable and equitable futures.

Resilience and Sustainable Peace

Downing, A.S., Spijkers, J., Norström, A. & Preiser, R.
Publication: GRAID Policy Brief
2020 - Reports & Policy Briefs

A system in conflict can also be resistant to peacebuilding efforts, locked into dynamics that reinforce and reproduce causes of tensions. Resilience thinking and the science on transformations can help identify leverage points for change and inform on how to use shocks and disturbances to spur renewal and innovative thinking.

Assessing the sustainable infrastructure of a low carbon community: case study of the Lynedoch ecovillage.

Sharne Bloem
Publication: University of Stellenbosch
2019 - Theses

Urban areas are responsible for 70% of global CO2 emissions and the rapid growth in urbanisation presents a significant risk to cities. It is predicted that by 2030 more than 70% of the South African population will be living in cities.

Addressing community energy challenges with utility scale renewables: A case study of Hopefield Wind Farm.

Kyle Swartz
Publication: University of Stellenbosch
2019 - Theses

This thesis documents how a utility-scale renewable energy project has addressed community energy challenges through the development of a wind farm as part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

The Development Impact of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme on South Africa’s Small Towns.

Jeeten Morar
Publication: University of Stellenbosch
2019 - Theses

This thesis aims to explore how effective economic development efforts in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Produce Programme (REIPPPP) have been at creating long term improvements in the livelihood of low income communities.

Does the South African renewable energy programme exclude black woman owned businesses?

Fezeka Nobuntu Stuurman
Publication: University of Stellenbosch
2018 - Theses

The main aims of this thesis were to investigate and critically evaluate the participation of Black women owned businesses (BWOBs) within the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), and to make recommendations to improve levels of participation of Black women in the REIPPPP in future rounds of the programme.

Youth attitudes towards agricultural careers in South Africa

Metelerkamp, L., Biggs, R. and Drimie, S.
Publication: CST Research insights
2019 - Reports & Policy Briefs

The development of local support networks and visible role models offers a promising entry point for supporting increased youth participation and systemic change in the food system.