Prof Oonsie Biggs secures EMS Faculty’s first NRF A-rating

Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, the incumbent of the DST/NRF Research Chair in Social-ecological Systems and Resilience, recently received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), a first for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. An A-rating is awarded to researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs. The rating is primarily based on Biggs’ research outputs over the past eight years and took into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers. Biggs previously also received a P-rating from [...]


POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Sustainable Seas Trust

Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is inviting applications for a Chief Executive Officer designate, and for Head of Education. Please circulate to anyone you think would be interested in these positions. Chief Executive Officer designate: The Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Chief Executive Officer designate who will work alongside the current CEO for a period of time with a view to taking over the full role. SST is a South African registered charitable trust, NPO and PBO with a mandate to undertake research, education, sustainability, socio-economic and environmental rehabilitation programmes in [...]


Postgraduate scholarship: Call for Postgraduate scholarships in climate finance

Catalyzing Climate Finance for the Southern African Development Community Call for Postgraduate scholarships in climate finance for Masters (3) and PhD (1) students About Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership The Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP) is a multi-country, knowledge- sharing and capacity enhancement platform for southern African countries seeking to access catalytic sources of international climate finance in order to mobilise investments into low-emissions, climate resilient development in the region. The SACFP began in 2016 and has steadily grown into a community of practice for climate finance practitioners seeking to drive innovation through shared learning. The SACFP is facilitated by SouthSouthNorth (SSN), a South [...]


SAPECS winter school

Last month, the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) and Southern African Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) hosted an introductory course on social-ecological systems for Masters and PhD students doing research at the interface of ecosystems and society. Twenty eight students from around Africa gathered to start their learning journey away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Sustainability Institute, an international living and learning centre which provides learning experiences in ecology, community and spirit, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The goal of the SAPECS Winter School were to provide new scholars involved in, or [...]


How to Live Better and Stop Destroying the Planet

A recent United Nations-backed report highlighted the scale of destruction humans are inflicting on the natural world. To reverse these trends, humanity must transform its economic models and food system, treat the world’s oceans far better, and think carefully about the best ways to tackle climate change. STOCKHOLM – Earlier this month, a bleak global assessment of the shocking state of life on Earth made headlines worldwide. According to the report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), about 12% of all known animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. Worse still, humanity is destroying entire habitats, and [...]


SAPECS now represented on major national scientific initiative

Alta de Vos, SAPECS Working Group Member and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University, has been appointed to represent SAPECS on the Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON) Advisory Panel. The EFTEON is a research infrastructure that is being developed under the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap program of the Department of Science and Technology. EFTEON is conceived as a modular, highly-networked research infrastructure to support studies on coupled ecological social systems in South Africa. EFTEON will focus on setting up a network of research infrastructure in a number of distributed landscapes, each representing [...]

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