Jeremy Wakeford

on Saturday, 17 May 2014. Posted in Lecturers

Dr Jeremy Wakeford is an Extra-Ordinary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, and was formerly a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He holds Masters Degrees in Economics from the Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge (UK), and obtained his PhD in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University. His research interests focus on energy and sustainability transitions and the Green Economy. His publications include the recent book Preparing for Peak Oil in South Africa, several book chapters and journal articles, as well as numerous conference papers and research reports. He consults to international organisations, national government departments and private sector clients. Dr Wakeford is also Chairperson of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil South Africa (ASPO-SA), a non-profit think tank that researches and advises on the socioeconomic implications of the peaking and decline of world oil production. He writes a monthly column called “Energy Matters” for Engineering News magazine. He co-oordinates and teaches the module Globalisation, Governance and Civil Society and is involved in the supervision of postgraduate students.  

Jess Schulschenk

on Friday, 28 February 2014. Posted in Lecturers

Jess Schulschenk coordinates the Sustainable Enterprise and the Biodiversity and Ecosystems modules. She is a Senior Researcher with Ernst & Young, responsible for directing the firm's research initiatives relating to corporate sustainability and governance in Africa. She is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) South Africa, overseeing coordination with leading South African companies and industry bodies as well as coordination with external partners and networks. Through NBS, Jess is also coordinating a research team investigating valuing social capital in the Southern African context and supporting NBS globally in its knowledge strategy and dissemination.

Jess has worked nationally and internationally on a range of private and public sector sustainable community development and natural systems initiatives relating to research, teaching and advocacy. Previously, she has headed up a two year research programme at the University of Pretoria in partnership with Professors from Harvard Business School on the drivers and impact of corporate governance in South Africa since 1990. She has worked with both the Sustainability Institute and University of Stellenbosch as a programme coordinator on local municipality-university partnerships, a range of applied research programmes and youth skills and enterprise development initiatives. During her university studies, Jess served as president of the World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSC-SD), a network of over 3000 students and student groups from leading universities internationally volunteering on campuses, in the classroom and beyond to realise sustainable development. Jess has further established her own consultancy working with the private and public sector, taught internationally on a range of university programmes relating to sustainable development and presented on her work at various international forums.

She is currently a PhD candidate with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, where her research is investigating the role of organisational culture in embedding sustainability across an organisation. Jess holds a BSc in Ocean and Atmosphere Science and Environmental and Geographic Science from the University of Cape Town and a Masters of Philosophy in Sustainable Development Management and Planning from the University of Stellenbosch. She has further completed a number of executive education programmes nationally and internationally relating to ecological literacy, neuroscience and applied research methodologies.

Josephine Musango

on Sunday, 23 February 2014. Posted in Lecturers

Dr. Musango is employed as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University. She is Deputy Coordinator of the Sustainable Development Programme. She has a PhD (Sustainable Development, 2012) from Stellenbosch University; an Msc (Agricultural Economics, 2005) from Stellenbosch University, and a  Bsc (Hons) (Agribusiness Management, 2002) from Egerton University, Kenya. She is a member of the System Dynamics Society; South Africa System Dynamics Chapter. Dr. Musango previously worked for Gauteng City-Region Observatory as Senior Researcher; Department of Energy as Deputy-Director; and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as Resource Economist. Her research interest is undertaking transdisciplinary research focused on integrating economics into sustainable resource management and solving complex social and policy related problems through application of economic analysis and system dynamics modelling. Her particular interests are on social, resource management and policy challenges including green economy, energy, water, land use, transport and waste management at an urban and country scale. She also has expertise in other modelling approaches including material flow analysis, agent based modelling, discrete event modelling, Bayesian networks and econometrics. She has published widely in peer reviewed Journals and in international and local Conferences.

Scott Drimie

on Thursday, 03 November 2011. Posted in Lecturers

Scott Drimie leads a research and facilitation consultancy with regional associates focusing on food security, food systems and livelihood issues in Southern Africa. The company consults for various public and private sector organisations.

He is an Extraordinary Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University in the Division of Human Nutrition, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer at the Sustainability Institute within the School of Public Management and Planning at the University.

Between 2007 and 2011, Scott was a research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute. His major responsibility was the coordination of the Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods and Food Security or RENEWAL (www.ifpri.org/renewal), which facilitated research on the interactions between HIV and food and nutrition security and their implications for development policy and practice in southern and eastern Africa.

Before then he was a Senior Research Specialist in the Integrated Rural and Regional Development programme of the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. Here he played a key role in the establishment of the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), which provided a series of “platforms” for pro-poor policy debates that came to be recognised as a preeminent facilitator of such discussions.

In 2000 he completed his PhD at Cambridge University, which focused on the implementation of the South African land policy in the period 1994–1999.

His research has focused on food security and the role of multiple stressors affecting the well-being of vulnerable groups. Although primarily focused on the AIDS epidemic in recent years, Drimie’s research emphasises threats to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world. More recently, Drimie has been involved in research focused on pathways between agriculture and livelihood programming and nutrition outcomes.

Camaren Peter

on Thursday, 03 November 2011. Posted in Lecturers

Dr. Camaren Peter is appointed as an Extra-Ordinary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership. He has a rigorous background in the sciences and studied physics and astrophysics before joining the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research for 8 years, where his core research revolved around modelling complex systems for decision-making. This sparked an interest in systems and complexity theory, and dynamic systems modelling and simulation. This eventually led to a focus on problems concerning the mutual sustainability of social, economic and ecological systems. Camaren's PhD research was concerned with the core issues governing sustainability and how to model sustainable futures using a combination of probability-based models and participatory processes. Camaren has worked closely with decision-makers and sustainability problems at national, provincial and city scales to help determine how strategic transitions to sustainability can be achieved. Camaren has a special interest in climate change and global change effects, and how those influence development and increase the urgency for transitions to sustainability. More recently Camaren has been researching emerging theories governing transitions to sustainability at macro-scales and city scales, with a special emphasis on infrastructure transitions. He is also part of SI Projects, which is the Sustainability Institute's contract research unit.

Rika Preiser

on Monday, 31 October 2011. Posted in Lecturers

Rika Preiser is based at the Centre for Studies in Complexity since 2009 and has been a part-time lecturer in the Department of Philosophy since 2008 at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She teaches Cultural Philosophy, Deconstruction and Theories of Complexity. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University where she teaches cultural theory and complexity to medical students. Since 2008 she has taught the MPhil module on Complexity at the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town. She holds masters degrees in Journalism (2004) and Social Anthropology (2008), both obtained at Stellenbosch University. Currently she is completing her PhD entitled “The Problem of Complexity: Rediscovering the role of Critique”. Her research is focused on the philosophical and ethical implications of complexity theory and deconstruction and explores how the acknowledgement of complexity offers us the possibility of being self-critical in our scientific endeavours. She is co-editor with Paul Cilliers of Complexity, Difference and Identity (Springer, 2010).

Candice Kelly

on Thursday, 18 December 2008. Posted in Lecturers


Overall Co-Ordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Programme and contributor to various modules within this specialisation 

Curriculum Vitae:

Candice Kelly graduated cum laude from BPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management in 2006 and completed her MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management in 2007. She has Bachelor of Business Science Honours (Finance) from UCT and has worked for developers in various capacities. Her MPhil thesis was on sustainable agriculture, comparing the potential of organic farming approaches for small farmers in India and South Africa. She was appointed the Co-ordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture specialisation in November 2007 in the Sustainability Institute. She is responsible for the co-ordinating a complex partnership between emerging farmers, Stellenbosch University's Faculty of AgriSciences, various NGOs and Stellenbosch Municipality with respect to land reform initiatives.

Mazibuko Jara

on Thursday, 18 December 2008. Posted in Lecturers


Globalization, Governance and Civil Society (Co-Convenor with Mark Swilling)

Curriculum Vitae:

Mazibuko Jara is Editor of Amandla (a Cape-based political journal), an independent researcher and writer, and development consultant. He has an engineering degree from University of KwaZulu-Natal and a masters degree from University of the Western Cape. He has a long history of grassroots activist work with the HIV/AIDS movement, the cooperative movement and community-based development organisations. He was formerly media officer of the South African Communist Part but has fallen out of favour with the SACP leadership. He has extensive global experience working with alliances and coalitions that are critical of corporate-led finance-dominated modes of globalisation and which articulate alternatives that are consistent with the principles of social justice and ecological sustainability.

Gareth Haysom

on Wednesday, 02 January 2008. Posted in Lecturers


Various inputs into the Sustainable Agriculture specialisation and contributor to various modules.

Curriculum Vitae:

Gareth Haysom is employed by the Sustainability as the Programme Manager of the Sustainable Agriculture Programme and is appointed by Stellenbosch University in the School of Public Management and Planning as an Extra-Ordinary Lecturer. He has a Diploma in Hotel Management and spent many years managing various tourism and hotel facilities in various parts of South Africa. In 2007 he graduated cum laude with a MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management from Stellenbosch University, with a research project that developed a strategic development planning framework for the Western Cape town of Grabouw. He has extensive experience in management, entrepreneurial development, project facilitation, research and more recently in educational facilitation in the sustainable agriculture field.  

Martin de Wit

on Thursday, 04 January 2007. Posted in Lecturers


  • Applied Economics (Guest lecturer)
  • Specialist inputs on various modules

Curriculum Vitae:

Martin de Wit has a Doctorate in Economics, and specialises in managing the risks of, and finding solutions to, environmental problems. He won the CSIR’s Young Scientist Award in 2003. Martin has chosen the entrepreneurial route in the knowledge market, and was co-responsible for starting, growing and managing a successful business unit within the CSIR focussed on applied environmental and resource economics between 2001 and 2004. He has since started his own advisory firm, De Wit Sustainable Options (Pty) Ltd in 2005, and with its global network-based approach ensures cutting-edge thinking and flexibility in the new and rapidly changing world of economics and environmental management. Martin is appointed as Extra-Ordinary Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch as from 2007, and co-edited two books namely Sustainable Options. Development lessons from Applied Environmental Economics and The Political Economy of Natural Resource Wealth in South Africa. He is also author and co-author of twenty-five peer reviewed publications, books and book chapters and serves as peer reviewer to several international and national journals. He has a wide interest in national and international affairs and has worked on many research and client reports, and consulted to a wide range of clients including national and provincial governments, corporate business, non government organizations, and universities, working in several countries including South Africa, China, Portugal, Germany, Holland, United States, Namibia and Mozambique. Martin is also involved in a small company focussed on poverty alleviation and job creation on the Cape Flats and serves as Chairperson of a local school board. He is married to Rianne and has three kids.

Qualifications: Doctor Commercii, University of Pretoria, 2001; Magister (Doctorandus), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RuG), 1995; Honnours, University of Stellenbosch, 1994; Baccalaureus Commerci, cum laude, University of Pretoria, 1992.

Alan Brent

on Sunday, 18 December 2005. Posted in Lecturers


Renewable Energy Policy and coordination of the Renewable Energy stream on the MPhil programme

Curriculum Vitae:

Alan Brent is a chemical engineer by background with Masters degrees in environmental sciences and technology management, and a PhD in engineering management. Since 1995 he consulted to a variety of industry and public sectors in South Africa and other developing countries in the fields of environmental engineering and management, as a project manager in the Environmental Process Solutions group of the Material Science and Manufacturing unit of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In 2002 he was tasked to establish the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) Chair of Life Cycle Engineering in the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) of the University of Pretoria. Through his appointment as an extraordinary professor the GSTM continues to conduct research on sustainable life cycle management practices in the private and public sectors, which is also a focus area of the academic programmes of the GSTM. In 2006 he returned to the CSIR to initiate and lead research in the Resource Based Sustainable Development competency area of the Natural Resources and the Environment unit that promotes sustainable development in management and planning practices, primarily in the energy sector.

In 2009 he was appointed as a professor in the Sustainable Development division of the School of Public Management and Planning (SOPMP) of Stellenbosch University, where he is also the associate director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies. He is responsible for the renewable energy policy component of the Sustainable Development Planning and Management academic programme at the Sustainability Institute, where he is now based. His ongoing research efforts aim to improve the planning and management of sustainable technological systems. To this end he has published over 50 journal articles and a number of chapters in text books, has presented over 40 conference papers in the international sustainability-oriented, and engineering and technology management, communities, and actively participates in the UNEP Global Life Cycle Initiative.

Edgar Pieterse

on Sunday, 18 December 2005. Posted in Lecturers


Sustainable Cities (Co-Convenor with Mark Swilling)

Curriculum Vitae:

Professor Edgar Pieterse Edgar Pieterse is holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town. The ACC is fast emerging as the preeminent urban research centre on the African continent. He previously served as Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape Provincial Government in South Africa and directed a number of urban policy think tanks before his stint in government.

His most recent book is: City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (Zed Books, 2008). He has also edited or co-edited the following recent works: African Cities Reader II: Mobility & Fixtures (Chimurenga, 2011); Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town region (Jacana, 2010); African Cities Reader: Pan-African Practices (Chimurenga, 2010); Consolidating Developmental Local Government (UCT Press, 2008) and a notable earlier book: Voices of the Transition: The Politics, Poetics and Practices of Development in South Africa (Heinemann Publishers, 2004). He is also founding co-editor of a new urban magazine—CityScapes—focussed on urbanism in the global South.

Edgar’s research stems from the boderzone between geography, planning and cultural studies with a strong orientation towards political philosophy. As a result his research is wide-ranging covering themes such as: African urbanism, cultural planning, regional development, governance, sustainble infrastructure transitions, and macro development issues.

He is a founder member of Isandla Institute, serves on the Boards of Magnet Theatre, the Sustainability Institute and the Open Society Foundation of South Africa; and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Gauteng City-region Observatory, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LSE Cities, and the Low Carbon Mobility Stakeholder Board of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford. He regularly provides advisory services to international development agencies such as: UN-Habitat, African Development Bank, DBSA, National Planning Commission, OECD urban division, UNEP, amongst others. He also serves as a Faculty Member of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

Edgar holds a PhD from London School of Economics, an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, The Netherlands) and BA-Honours from the University of the Western Cape. More info is available at: www.africancentreforcities.net

Mark Swilling

on Sunday, 18 December 2005. Posted in Lecturers


• Sustainable Development (Co-Convenor with Eve Annecke)

• Sustainable Cities (Co-Convenor with Edgar Pieterse);

• Globalization, Governance and Civil Society (Co-Convenor with Mazibuko Jara)

• Ecological Design (Convenor)

• Research Workshop (Convenor)

Curriculum Vitae: Professor Mark Swilling is Division Head: Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute. He is also Project Leader of Stellenbosch University's Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies (known as the TsamaHub) which coordinates a transdisciplinary doctoral programme (www.tsamahub.org.za). He was co-founder, former Director and Professor of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM), University of the Witwatersrand, 1993-1997. P&DM was established in the early 1990s to prepare South Africans for senior leadership positions in the post-1994 democratic government and public service. Prior to joining the Graduate School of Public and Development, Swilling worked for PLANACT - an urban development NGO which he helped establish in 1985. After a period as Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg (1986-1990) where he focussed on state security policy, he worked on a full-time basis for PLANACT, 1990-1993. Here his main duties included providing the democratic movement with technical and policy support during the lead-up to the first democratic elections in 1994, with particular reference to urban development and the transformation of local government. He also participated in the active design, facilitation and implementation of large-scale housing delivery projects in the Eastern Cape, North West Province, and Gauteng. He assisted in the initiation of various NGOs in various parts of South Africa, is on the Editorial Boards of various academic journals. He is South Africa Chapter Coordinator of the African Technology Policy Studies network which is active in over 25 African countries across all regions. He is also a Board member of Lomold (Pty) Ltd, a for-profit technology innovation company in the plastic moulding and recycling field. In 2007 he was appointed as a member of the International Resource Panel which is an expert panel of global sustainability convened by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Swilling has published 8 edited and co-authored books, over 54 book chapters, 37 articles in refereed journals, and compiled 22 major technical reports. He has also contributed extensively to public debate in the popular press on issues related to development, democratisation, governance, sustainability, energy, green economy and social movements and delivered many keynote addresses at South African and international events. His most recent book is co-authored with Eve Annecke entitled Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World published in 2012 by UCT Press in South Africa and United Nations University Press internationally. Swilling holds his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick and has a BA and a BA (Honours) obtained through the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand where he was also a lecturer from 1982 - 1987. He has received various merit awards, including election into the international Ashoka Fellowship in 1992. In 2010 he was awarded the US-based Aspen Institute's Faculty Pioneer Award for innovation in academic teaching.

For Mark Swilling's extended academic CV including list of publications click HERE

Anneke Muller

on Sunday, 18 December 2005. Posted in Lecturers


  • Overall Convenor of the Development Planning specialisation
  • Development Planning Theory and Practice (Convenor)
  • Development Planning Systems, Policy and Law (Convenor)
  • Specialist inputs on various development planning modules

Curriculum Vitae:

Anneke Muller is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Management and Planning. She was appointed to this position in 1997 as part of the Department of Town and Regional Planning. She teaches development planning theory and practice and is completing her Phd on development planning systems in South Africa in comparative perspective. She obtained her BSc degree with Geology and Geography majors at Stellenbosch University in 1981 and completed her Masters degree in Town and Regional Planning (cum laude) at Stellenbosch University in 1983. She worked for the Provincial Administration Western Cape from March 1983 to 1996 in various sections, dealing with planning control, development projects in the Cape Metropole, low income housing, research and data, planning legislation and planning policy. She was promoted to Deputy Chief Town and Regional Planner in 1993, which position was adjusted to Chief Town and Regional Planner in 1996. In 1999 she was awarded her B.Juris degree with distinction through UNISA Anneke Muller has worked as a consultant across a range of projects. This included the drafting of the Western Cape Planning and Development Act, first as provincial official and then as advisor to provincial staff. The Act was approved and published as Western Cape Act 7 of 1999. Also sat on a review panel that advised and reviewed the work of a consultant firm on the regulations and policies of this Act. During 2000 she advised the former Cape Metropolitan Government on the issues relating to the lapsing of land use rights in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance (LUPO), which after consultation with the Province lead to the amendment of LUPO during 2001. Also advised Metropolitan Transport Advisory Board on Century City development rights and procedures. During 2001 and 2002 she was involved with combining and revising the zoning schemes of Oostenberg (now part of the new Cape Town Municipality) and Stellenbosch Municipalities. Speciality interests and research areas include inter alia planning law, legislation and policy, urban and land development management, flexible zonings, planning theory, illegal land invasions, informal and low income housing.

Firoz Khan

on Sunday, 18 December 2005. Posted in Lecturers


  • Applied Economics (Convenor)
  • Inputs in the following modules: Development Planning Theory and Practice; Globalisation, Governance and Civil Society.

Curriculum Vitae:

Firoz Khan holds a PhD in Public and Development Management from Stellenbosch University, and a Master’s in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Natal (Durban). Firoz has worked in the NGO (Centre for Community and Labour Studies – Durban; Isandla Institute – Cape Town), University (School of Public Policy and Management – University of Durban Westville) and Government sector/s as senior Researcher, Lecturer and Manager of the Parliamentary Research Unit, respectively. He has contributed to various policy documents including the White Paper on Local Government (Department of Provincial and Local Government); White Paper on Public Service Training and Education (Department of Public Service and Administration); Strategic Framework for Promoting Municipal-Community Partnerships (for the Department of Provincial and Local Government and funded by the United States Agency for International Development); the Local Economic Development Policy Framework (Department of Provincial and Local Government), and Breaking New Ground (Department of Housing). His work in local government spans both policy research and technical assistance funded by donors and aid agencies (includes USAid, DFID, IDRC, Oxfam, Mott Foundation, Interfund); national and international universities; international organisations (UNDP, UNCHS, UMP), non-governmental organisations; national departments, and, various municipalities. His work for the Department of Housing included policy research; advisor to Mayor/MEC/Minister forum for the Cape Town housing megaproject; writing business plans for project implementation; and contributing to Minister’s speeches in governmental and other forums. Firoz Khan is Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Leadership (University of Stellenbosch). His present academic expertise, published work and research interests include globalisation, development planning, urbanisation, housing praxis, human geography, economic history, applied economics, institutional transformation, social movements, and governance. His PhD focuses on developmental statecraft and post-apartheid housing praxis.