Mark Swilling

Updated: Wednesday, 14 November 2012


• 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 ( 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.

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