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South African Women in Science Award

Congratulations to Professor Karen Esler from the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University for finishing in second place in the South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). This is the 15th edition of this prestigious event that celebrates outstanding women researchers and scientists. This year’s theme was ‘leveraging science, technology and innovation […]

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Call for research proposals

BIG DATA AND TRANSBOUNDARY WATER COLLABORATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA APPLY FOR A SADC-WIDE RESEARCH FUNDING CALL!   This is an announcement of a special research funding call that has been released and is live on the WRC website. Attached are the Terms of Reference and Proposal Application template that you may use to complete to respond […]

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Call for Research Chair: Coupled Human-Natural Systems (CHANS) in Montane Environments as SES

The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and the Afromontane Research Unit (ARU; based on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State) are calling for comprehensive expressions of interest from suitable candidates for a National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Coupled Human-Natural Systems in Montane Environments. The focus of the Chair […]

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Young Scholars Spring School on SES research 5-10 October 2018

The Young Scholars Spring School follows the 2nd Garden Route Interface Meeting (2-4 Oct 2018) and will build on the same theme of “science and practice colearning to navigate complex social-ecological issues”. The main aim will be to stimulate and capacitate young scholars (master to post-doc levels) interested in social-ecological systems (SES) and transdisciplinary research. […]

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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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