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Apr 5 • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Connecting development and renewable energy in South Africa: Is a just transition possible?

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The Global Resilience Institute and The School of Law invite you to a lecture from Mark Swilling

Connecting development and renewable energy in South Africa: Is a just transition possible?Connecting development and renewable energy in South Africa: Is a just transition possible?

MARK SWILLING is the Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University. He is the Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute, Co-Director of the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST), a member of the International Resource Panel (since 2007), a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, a member of the We-Africa Action Research Network, a member of the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and since 2016, a Visiting Professor at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and Sheffield University (UK).

The primary research focus of his career can be defined as ‘societal transitions’, initially with respect to democratization and governance up until the late 1990s, and subsequently within the wider discipline of sustainability studies. The dynamics of urban change has always been a consistent theme. His published research was coupled to major institution-building collaborations – an achievement that was recognized in 2010 when he was awarded the Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award for success in introducing sustainability into leadership education. His most significant academic output is his book co-authored with Eve Annecke entitled Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World (2012) published by United Nations Press (Tokyo) that was awarded runner-up prize for the Harold & Margaret Sprout Award in 2013 for best academic book in the environmental governance field – this being the first time African researchers have been recognized by this award since its inception in 1972.