Masters Graduation 2016

Written by Mark Swilling on 2016-04-29 08:59:01

Such a happy and sad day – so happy for these Masters students who are graduating today, but sad I could not be at graduation because I am lying in hospital with a damaged leg after a rookie mistake parking my bike last Monday at the SI before lectures resulting in the bike falling onto my leg causing a wound that went septic a week later.

Amazing research done by this group: from far left hand side of the pic: Megan Davies who did her thesis on the role of intermediaries in urban transitions with a case study of Stellenbosch, Nikki Korsten (The Netherlands) who analysed how municipalities can accommodate embedded PV systems into their energy service by restructuring tariff structures also with a case study of Stellenbosch, Cathy Malulu (from Namibia) who looked at sustainable storm water drainage systems, Jay du Plessis who analysed global population growth projections with special reference to African demographics from a sustainable resource use perspective, Gwen Meyer who did part of her research in northern Ethiopia, Marjorie Naidoo who developed a historical analysis of design paradigms during the industrial era and applied that to an understanding of Cape Town’s Design Capital process, Paul Currie who developed the first ever material flow analysis (urban metabolism) of 120 African cities, Eduardo Shimahara (from Brazil) who wrote up a cookbook of local recipes for meals cooked in the Lynedoch EcoVillage as part of a wider analysis of the linkages between soils,food systems and recipes, and Etai Evan-Zahav who did a remarkable piece of ethnography on informal food sellers in Kayamandi (which included working for an informal food seller at his stall).  

Such extraordinary work, such a celebration of a remarkable pedagogic programme that produces the kinds of activist-researchers that are needed in a world that is rapidly transforming. Their topics and levels of excellence validate our 15 year endeavor to combine intellectually demanding course work, rigorous research methodologies (which in recent years has consolidated around transdisciplinary approaches) and applied transformative engaged and embedded research.