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Postdoctoral fellowship at the CST, Stellenbosch University

Escalating global challenges such as climate change,  food and water security, biodiversity loss, socio‐political conflict and economic volatility, demand new approaches to researching and governing our environment and  societies.  Approaches  that  account  for  the  complex  relationships  between  human  well‐being  and ecological  sustainability,  while  dealing  with  ongoing  change  and  uncertainty,  have  become  critical.  It  is  increasingly  apparent that fundamental reorganization of our societies is necessary to achieve a just society for all, while maintaining  the environmental conditions that underlie  human prosperity. Navigating such a  transformation  will  require a capacity  to deal with changes  that are  fundamentally unknown and unpredictable  ‐ a capacity  that is central to resilient systems. Building resilience of intertwined social and ecological systems is therefore increasingly regarded as essential to enabling sustainable development at local to global scales, and is a rapidly emerging research area worldwide. The  South  African  Research  […]

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Masters fellowships in social-ecological regime shifts for 2018

SARChI Research Chair in Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience Centre for Complex Systems in Transitions, Stellenbosch University   Regime shifts, long-lasting shifts or changes in the structure and function of social-ecological systems often occur abruptly and unexpectedly. These changes have substantial impact on ecosystem services such as crop production or food regulation that directly impacts human […]

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Special issue “Livelihood and Landscape Change in Africa: Future Trajectories for Improved Well-Being under a Changing Climate”

The journal LAND has a special issue on”Livelihood and Landscape Change in Africa: Future Trajectories for Improved Well-Being under a Changing Climate” edited by Sheona Shackleton and several other co-editors. Some of the questions this Special Issue will be focusing on are: What are the changes we are observing in landscapes and livelihoods in rural Africa? […]

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Creating positive visions for southern Africa

Highlights: 1) There is a need for positive visions of the future to counteract the negative narratives that surround us every day and influence our actions 2) Based on “Seeds of Good Anthropocenes”, a diverse mix of scientists, artists and changemakers created hopeful future scenarios for southern Africa at a creative visioning workshop held in […]

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Resilience for Development colloquium

In collaboration with GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development, a collaborative project between the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden, the CSIR and Centre for Complex Systems in Transition in Stellenbosch, and other international partners) SAPECS held its second colloquium in Johannesburg on the 8-10th of May 2017, focusing on ‘Resilience for […]

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‘Learning for Landscapes’: Insights on stewardship and collaboration from a recent knowledge co-production workshop

This article by SAPECS Researcher Jessica Cockburn reflects on a recent workshop held with practitioners working on collaborative landscape-scale stewardship initiatives across South Africa. We came from all different corners of South Africa to find common ground: …all the way from the West Coast: fynbos vegetation, commercial potato farmers and precious estuaries… all the way […]

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Research on bundles of human well-being in South Africa

Areas with high levels of direct ecosystem service use among households coincides with areas characterized by relatively low levels of human well-being Ecosystem services and human well-being are closely interlinked. After all, ecosystem services are benefits that nature provides to humans, and human well-being is dependent on natural provisions such as clean drinking water. While […]

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Novel research on social-ecological systems in South Africa – meet the new Doctors!

As the end of 2016 draws near, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the research of three newly-minted Doctors working on social-ecological systems in South Africa. These three female scientists have pushed the boundaries of knowledge to enhance our understanding of resilience, sense of place, and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, in regions […]

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PECS II Conference website now live!

The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) was launched in 2011. The principal approach of PECS research is an in-depth understanding of the social-ecological dynamics at landscape scale in a wide variety of situations. PECS uses a broadly set of conceptual frameworks and tools that eventually leads to comparisons of place-based, long-term social-ecological case […]

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Resilience Scoping Dialogue held in Stellenbosch

At a recent “scoping dialogue” held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) and the Sustainability Institute, more than thirty leading thinkers and practical users of “resilience” were brought together to reflect on, interrogate and explore the concept of resilience, how it is being practically applied in a range of settings to advance sustainability, […]

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