Research & Project Outputs
Research papers, published research and project documents
Learnable Lessons on Sustainability from the Provision of Electricity in South Africa by M.K. Heuen, J.L. Van Niekerk, M. Swilling, A.J. Meyer, A. Brent and T. Fluri. Proceedings of ASME 2010 4th international Conference on Energy Sustainability, 17-22 2010, Phoenix, Arizona. Compiled by a team from the SI and Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, this paper reviews the crisis of electricity provision in South African within the context of the global 'polycrisis', and suggests policy alternatives to mainstream thinking.
This is Part 1 of the Oude Molen Scenarios document completed in 2007 by the Oude Molen team led by John and Shannon Van Breda. This document was submitted to the Cabinet of the Western Cape Provincial Government to guide decision-making with respect to the Oude Molen Development in Cape Town's inner city. The Sustainability Institute was appointed in 2005 to project manage this development.
Scope and Size of the Non-Profit Sector in South Africa, by Mark Swilling and Bev Russel. 2002. Durban: Centre for Civil Society. This study was published as a book which is no longer available. The full text of this book can be accessed here.
A Figure/Ground Analogy for Integrating Sustainability and Planning - paper submitted by Christelle Beyers to the academic journal Town and Regional Planning on 26 OCtober 2006. This work was based on assignments written by Christelle Beyers for various modules on the Mphil programme. Keywords: sustainability, sustainable development, planning, planning systems, figure ground analogy, footprinting, infrastructure, community participation, complexity
This is the most recent version (September 2007) of the National Framework for Sustainable Development that has been discussed by the Cabinet Clusters but not as of now (December 2007) approved by Cabinet. The Sustainability Institute was contracted to manage the background research and Mark Swilling helped draft the document. Changes were made as various government committees and departments considered the document.
This paper by Prof. Mark Swilling was commissioned by the Presidency, South African Government. It was presented at a workshop in July 2007 convened by the Presidency to discuss and develop scenarios for 2019 with respect to the full range of government policy frameworks.
Review of International and African Climate Change Legislation and Policies. Report Commissioned by AWEPA Parliamentary Support Programme in South Africa. 20 March 2012.
Paper published in 2004 by Mark Swilling and Eve Annecke in a book about the transition which captured the patterns of thinking that inspired the Lynedoch EcoVillage development.
Gareth Haysom, Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator at the Sustainability Institute, published this article in Development Southern Africa based on research he conducted while studying for his Mphil in Sustainable Development Planning and Managemen t