Research & Project Outputs
Research papers, published research and project documents
With Blake Robinson from SI Projects as lead author, this was a chapter in the South African Cities Network 2011 Annual Report which included a major emphasis on sustainability. This is the first attempt to develop an overview of South Africa's major cities from a sustainable resource use perspective.
The present study was undertaken at the request of South’s Africa Department of Environmental Affairs to assess potential opportunities and options to promote a green economy, with a focus on key economic sectors set out by South Africa’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030. Commissioned by UNEP, the assessment was led by Stellenbosch University and the Sustainability Institute of South Africa, in cooperation with the Millennium Institute. It presents a modelling exercise that compares a scenario of investments directed to “business-as-usual” (BAU) with scenarios of investments allocated to four critical sectors for a transition to a green economy in South Africa, namely: natural resource management, agriculture, transport and energy.
Report by Phetang Mabeba on the completion of othe Lynedoch Sustainable RDP House which was built using SABS approved adobe bricks and includes a DC Mini-grid.
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.
Dr. Camaren Peter and Prof Mark Swilling. 2012. Sustainable, Resource Efficient Cities - Making It Happen! This report was commissioned by UNEP based on a paper prepared for UNEP presented at a Conference in South Korea in 2011. This Report was launched at the Rio + 20 Conference that took place in June 2011.
Chapter 1: Urbanisation in the 21st century - trends and pressures
Chapter 2: City infrastructures: sustainability challenges and choices
Chapter 3: How cities can transition to sustainable, resource efficient growth
Mark Swilling - Growth, Resource Use and Decoupling: Towards a 'Green New Deal' for South Africa? ECSECC Working Papers Series 14. East London: ECSECC.
Review of International and African Climate Change Legislation and Policies. Report Commissioned by AWEPA Parliamentary Support Programme in South Africa. 20 March 2012.
Paper presented by Mark Swilling to the Winelands Conference on Integrity and Governance, Stellenbosch University, April 2012. This papers applies material flow analysis to the question of Africa's future economic growth and proposes that unless new modes of governance are found the resource curse will persist.