Research & Project Outputs
Research papers, published research and project documents
Katherine Hyman - Economic Development, Decoupling and Urban Infrastructure: lessons from Cape Town's urban system. Paper based on her Mphil thesis research presented at the World Resource Forum, Davos, August 2011. Abstract: While the current economic development trajectory, as determined by global resource flows, is fundamentally unsustainable, decoupling can be adopted as an alternative growth paradigm which allows human development through non-material growth, without the environmental and social casualties of the incumbent model. Particularly, decoupling at the city scale, using networked urban infrastructure as the intervention point, has the greatest capacity to contribute to the resolution of environmental resource constraints. By nature cities are responsible for the majority of production and consumption activities attributed to environmental degradation while simultaneously acting as the primary location for economic, institutional, and human capital which promote innovation. Innovation systems, in particular sustainability orientated innovation systems that stimulate urban transitions are pertinent to the successful implementation of decoupling. The case of Cape Town offers valuable lessons in light of the advanced understanding of urban resource flows and the potential to realise an urban scale transition.
Keywords: Decoupling, Innovation System, Sustainability Orientated Innovation System, Socio-technical, transition.
Since the promulgation of the SANS 10400-XA regulations in November 2011, it is compulsory for all new buildings to adhere to certain energy efficiency guidelines which includes a specification for renewable energy contribution to total energy consumed. This Guide was compiled by SI Projects for Architects and funded by Nedbank.
Mark Swilling - Growth, Resource Use and Decoupling: Towards a 'Green New Deal' for South Africa? ECSECC Working Papers Series 14. East London: ECSECC.
Bringezu, S. (co-lead author), O'Brien, M., Pengue, W.A. (co-lead author), Swilling, M., Kauppi, L. Assessing Global Land Use and Soil Management for Sustainable Resource Policies. Report commissioned by the International Resource Panel, United Nations Environment Programme, November 2010.
SI Projects contributed significantly to the ideas and the research that went into the compilation of 2014 State of African Cities Report that focuses on the urban transition that is needed in Africa.
Swilling, M., Tavener-Smith, L., Keller, A., Von de Heyde, V. & Wessels, B. Rethinking Incremental Urbanism: co-production of incremental informal settlement upgrading strategies. This is the first attempt at integrating research by a group of postgraduate students who have been conduction transdisicplinary research in an informal settlement called Enkanini. This article will be presented at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference taking place in Stellenbosch in July 2013, and has been submitted for consideration for publication in a book edited by Isandla.
This paper will be delivered at conferences in Copenhagen and Brisbane taking place in August and September 2012 respectively. Building on the core arguments developed in his book co-authored with Eve Annecke entitled Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World, this paper examines storlines of the future developed from various influential perspectives. Using the Multi-Level Perspective, Mark Swilling elaborates and extends his conception of transition to a more sustainable world.