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

Michelle Dyer
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

Laura M. Pereira, Patrick Bon Tonissen
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

Alta De Vos, Karen J. Esler, Judith M. Ament
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


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

R. Blancharda,H. Warrington-Coetzeeg, N. Kingh, A. Merriec, W. Nilssoni, P. Odendaalj, S. Poskittk, D. Sanchez Betancourtl, 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

Andrea S. Downing, Jessica Spijkers, Albert Norström.
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


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.



The multiple dimensions of equity in sustainable development

Grace Wong, Andrea Downing
Publication: CST Key Concepts
2019 - Reports & Policy Briefs

This brief aims to clarify some of the key dimensions of the concept of equity.



CST RESEARCH INSIGHTS: Biological Invasions – Implications for biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being

Dr Ross Shackleton
Publication: CST Research Insights
2019 - Reports & Policy Briefs

Biological invasions arise from the human-mediated spread of organisms out of their native range to new areas of the world whether purposefully or accidentally.



CST TOOLKIT: NET-MAP – A frontline tool for supporting place-based learning in spaces of uncertainty


Publication: CST Toolkit
2019 - Reports & Policy Briefs

Net-Map is an easy to use social network mapping tool that can be used to assist grass-roots educators develop place-based, action learning in spaces where traditional structures of support are weak or absent. This toolkit provides an introduction to the use of Net-Map as a learning support tool



Generating visions of Good Anthropocenes: The Mānoa Mash-up Scenarios Methodology


Publication: CST Toolkit
2019 - Reports & Policy Briefs

The Anthropocene poses highly uncertain, high stakes futures (one always refers to multiple futures, because
we influence the future through our choices and actions in the present, and multiple different futures are
therefore always possible). Given the Anthropocene context, it becomes vitally important for communities,
citizens, policymakers, leaders and individuals to have visions of positive, hopeful futures that can help guide
our choices and actions towards creating more just and sustainable futures.