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Methodological Agility for Doing Transformative Transdisciplinary Research on Sustainability Transitions in the Context of the Anthropocene

Goh, Z. and Van Breda, J.
Publication: International Journal of Sustainable Development Research
2022 - Journal Articles

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for mobilization across global and local levels, and involves
academic actors and societal agents in an emergency response to the planetary challenges facing us in the context of the Anthropocene. Never before in human history have we been required to mobilize ourselves globally around a common set of goals, whilst facing the consequences of our own human actions on a truly planetary scale.

The complex challenge of governing food systems: The case of South African food policy

S. B. Kushitor, S. Drimie, R. Davids, C. Delport, C. Hawkes, T. Mabhaudhi, M. Ngidi, R. Slotow, and L. M. Pereira
Publication: Food Security
2022 - Journal Articles

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect a growing global consensus on the need to address sustainability challenges. SDG 2 aims to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote
sustainable agriculture. This outcome requires change across multiple domains, including health, development, and agriculture. Achieving this goal requires transformative change across the food system and the political will to effect such changes to recognize the integrated nature of food systems. In essence, food governance has to underpin the
ability of present and future generations to meet their food and nutrition needs under extraordinary environmental pressures.

Rethinking Agency – the 2022 agenda for the systems community

Klien, L., Buckle, P., Nguyen, N., Preiser, R., and Ison, R.
Publication: Systems Research & Behavioural Science
2021 - Journal Articles

Putting the systems community more prominently on the map of correspondents to the current global problematique is the guiding strategy of the International Federation for Systems Research. 

The journey to monitoring ecosystem services: Are we there yet?

Vaza, A.S., Selomane, O., Jones, L., Gosal, A.S., Ziv, G., Muller-Karger, F.E., and Montes, E.
Publication: Ecosystem Services
2021 - Journal Articles

The protection and sustainable use of ecosystem services (ES) are at the heart of human prosperity. This is the focus of national and international initiatives, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and post-2020 action on the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Exploring the transformative potential of urban food

Hebinck, A., Selomane, O., Veen, E., de Vrieze, A., Hasnain, S., Sellberg, M., Sovov, L., Thompson, K., Vervoort, J., and Wood, A.
Publication: Urban Sustainability
2021 - Journal Articles

Urban food is regarded as a promising lever for transformative change towards sustainability. There are two main reasons for this. First, cities are considered hotbeds for alternative practices and experimentation, which are vital to address the urgent sustainability challenges cities face. Second, food links to diverse domains such as ecological, political, social, health and economic systems. Acknowledging this potential, a shift towards considering urban food practice (UFP) for the design of sustainable cities is visible in both research and policy.