Financing South Africa energy’s transition (1994 to 2019) | Dr Chantal Naidoo and Dr Nthabi Mohlakoana

1 October 2020

In this webinar the discussants present work on the sustainability and climate breakdown that highlights an ‘interregnum’ – the tense, uncertain period where old systems are dying but hold firmly to power, while new systems struggle to emerge as dominant. During such transition periods, what role exists for the financial system? This talk contributes to this question by introducing new theoretical perspectives and case work of how policymakers and financial intermediaries engaged in financing South Africa’s energy transition (1994 to 2019).

Imagining transformative biodiversity futures: A new action agenda for biodiversity conservation | Dr Laura Pereira, Dr Federico Davila and Dr Michelle Lin

17 September 2020

Biodiversity research is replete with scientific studies depicting future trajectories of decline that have failed to mobilize transformative change. Imagination and creativity can foster new ways to address longstanding problems to create better futures for people and the planet. This seminar will provide an overview of the process and results from the Biodiversity Revisited Initiative, focussing specifically on the output of a Commentary in Nature Sustainability on imagining transformative biodiversity futures. The speakers will present an overview of the role that futures thinking and imagination played in enabling the Biodiversity Revisited team to propose a new research and action agenda for biodiversity conservation. They will then each describe a possible future world before opening up for discussion with the broader group.

In this webinar Laura, Federico and Michelle lead a short talk followed by a discussion around their recent paper resulting from the Biodiversity Revisited Initiative (it can be downloaded here).

A roadmap to redefine humanity’s relationship with the ocean | Prof Mark Swilling, Tanya Brodie Rudolph and Dr Philile Mbatha

20 August 2020

Mark Swilling and Tanya Brodie Rudolph from the CST and Philile Mbatha from UCT worked in collaboration with researchers from the Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the University of Washington and World Fish, as well as the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to create a Blue Paper for the High Level Panel for the Ocean on a transition to a sustainable ocean economy. These findings were also published a month later in a perspective piece in Nature Communications. The three local authors will take attendees through their key findings, sketching a road map to redefine the relationship between humanity and the ocean.

Nature in Cities in times of Crisis | Dr Sumetee Gajjar and Jessica Kavonic

25 June 2020

An exploration of the role of urban nature-based solutions in enhancing human well-being and resilience to climate change and other stressors in cities of the Global South. We reflect on lessons learned from COVID-19 for urban planning and design, and discuss the implications of inequalities and politics for the development and management of urban “green” spaces.

Resilience across borders: Transfrontier collaboration for integrating conservation and livelihoods | Piet Theron, Lola López and Dr Kristi Maciejewski

18 June 2020

A discussion on trans-boundary governance responses to the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis. The discussants are experts in a diversity of capacities that relate to governing conservation, livelihood and human rights issues in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area that spans the borders of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Exploring place-based approaches as response to local contexts for recalibrating resilient food systems | Nonhlanhla Joye, Kenneth Carden and Kevin O’Brien

11 June 2020

This discussion focused on how the impacts of the Covid-19 public health crisis has revealed the deep fragility of the South African food system. There has clearly been a disruption, presenting a period of deep uncertainty and change, creating an opportunity for a recalibration of the food system. The Southern Africa Food Lab has established a platform in eThekwini Municipality and it’s neighbouring iLembe District (for dialogue-into-action) to facilitate comprehensive responses to this situation. A central argument is that a place-based approach, which considers local and community contexts, offers opportunities to restart and recalibrate local food systems.

Exploring artful body mind practices for re-enlivening resilient nature culture relationships | Dr Miche Fabre Lewin and Dr Flora Gathorne-Hardy

4 June 2020

How can we revive the relationships that mark our nature-culture-interactions? What methods and practices can be used to manifest that awareness?

Building a more resilient future for navigating systemic risks | Prof Oonsie Biggs, Kule Chitepo and Dr Deon Nel

28 May 2020

How can the COVID-19 crisis be used as an opportunity for building more resilient futures? An exploration of what we understand by resilience, how systemic resilience can be built, and practical actions being taken on the ground in terms of work in southern Africa and globally.

Exploring the resilience of southern Africa: Wildlife economies during a global pandemic | Dr Hayley Clements and Steve Collins

21 May 2020

What are the impacts of Covid-19 and the resultant restrictions on tourism on the SA’s wildlife economy?

African Post-Covid-19 crisis pathways
Choices towards a more resilient economic recovery | Nina Callaghan and Prof Mark Swilling

14 May 2020

Callaghan and Swilling share their insights on the potential to build back better as we explore post-Covid economic realities.   

Exploring complex interdependencies in global healthcare systems — Re-thinking resilience during COVID-19 | Joachim Sturmberg & Bruno Kissling

7 May 2020

This series brings together scientists, practitioners and societal actors who use the frameworks of complexity and resilience thinking in their daily work to make sense of the complex dynamics of change and transformative processes. There will be a special focus on how these ideas and practices are used in current times and how local and regional processes and perspectives are being shaped by applying the theoretical concepts and tools for fostering more resilient organisations, communities and decision-making strategies.

Resilient Futures in the making: Applying Futures Literacy for responding to radical uncertainty | Tanja Hichert and Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina

30 April 2020

This series brings together scientists, practitioners and societal actors who use the frameworks of complexity and resilience thiking in their daily work to make sense of the complex dynamics of change and transformative processes. There will be a special focus on how these ideas and practices are used in southern Africa and how local and regional processes and perspectives are being shaped by applying the theoretical concepts and tools for fostering more resilient organisations, communities and decision-making strategies.

Discussants: Tanja Hichert and Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina
Moderator: Dr Rika Preiser

COVID-19 – A nasty surprise? | Dr Wolfgang Preiser

9 April 2020

Wolfgang Preiser shares his insights on coronavirus. Preiser is a medical virologist who specialised in his home town Frankfurt, Germany, and at University College London. He received his second doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2005 while working as consultant virologist in Frankfurt. His principal research interests cover three broad themes: diagnosis of HIV infection and monitoring antiretroviral therapy, from antibody testing to resistance genotyping; the epidemiology, diagnosis and monitoring of opportunistic viral infections, especially hepatitis B and cytomegalovirus, in immunocompromised patients; and emerging and potentially zoonotic viral diseases. He served as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization on severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China in 2003 and led the Frankfurt group who, together with colleagues from Hamburg, were among the first to isolate the SARS-associated coronavirus in spring 2003.