Research & Project Outputs
Research papers, published research and project documents
Discussion paper prepared by Mark Swilling for the 7th meeting of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management - focus is on optimism about economic growth in Africa, but the resource curse remains.
Prof Tarak Kate, who is appointed as Extra-Professor in the School of Public Management and Planning and works in India with organic farmers, wrote this paper to bring to a wider audience the ideas that he discusses in the module he teaches each year on the Bphil programme (Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture). The paper emerged from a talk hosted by ECSECC in East London in 2009.
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.
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.
Article by Mark Swilling and Eve Annecke that provides a descriptive overview of the Lynedoch EcoVillage Development, including vision, history, buildings, infrastructure and governance.
A Strategy for a Developmental Green Economy for Gauteng, January 2010. This report was commissioned by the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) on behalf of the Gauteng Government's Department of Economic Development (DED). It proposes that Gauteng becomes a 'green economy' and suggests an expenditure framework.
This is a masters thesis by Claudia Stuewe, a German student who did her internship at the SI in 2009 in order to conduct research for this thesis - her focus was on the dynamics of innovation for sustainability.
Compiled by Sonja Pithey for the Sustainability Institute, this report was commissioned by City of Cape Town and funded by UNDP. It provides a comprehensive overview of Cape Town's water and sanitation system.
Cape Town waste system report was commissioned by City of Cape Town and funded by United Nations Development Programme - compiled for the Sustainability Institute by Sally-Anne Engledow.
This is the Strategic Development Framework for an ecologically designed development in Philippi at the so-called Old Cement Factory site. The Sustainability Institute, as a member of the Board of the Philippi Business Place, project-managed the design process. This provides a model for similar projects. The project was never implemented and the SI resigned from the Board in 2009.