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A provisional block accommodation booking has been arranged at The Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch. Single accommodation from R 1200 per person per night. Spier Hotel is next to the Spier Conference Centre and within walking distance (no transport needed).Please note that you will need to organise your own transport should you stay at a different hotel […]

SDRC19 Deputy Chair and SID Programme Manager

Pieter van Heyningen is working towards a PhD in Innovation Systems for Transitions, with completion by the end of the 2014 academic year. He is one of the first transdisciplinary PhD students  of the TsamaHUB, and spent one year at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, as part of his research. Specifically, he conducted an […]

Venue and Dates of ISDRC19

ISDRC19 is scheduled from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2013. It will be held on the Spier wine estate. Since the political transformation of the country in 1994, sustainability has been core to Spier’s approach to business. It began with a sense of custodianship of a cultural heritage – by restoring the historic […]

Just Transitions thought leaders at Stellenbosch University and the Sustainability Institute

Mark Swilling and Eve Annecke are the co-authors of Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World. (2012. Cape Town: UCT Press & Tokyo: United Nations University Press) Rooted in the twin values of generosity and restoration, where all life is considered precious, we attempt in this book to consider a just transition, reconciling […]

Prof Gunter Pauli

Gunter Pauli has been a visiting lecturer and professor at universities on all continents, and Member of the Board of NGOs and private companies in Asia, USA and Latin America. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences (San Francisco, USA), a creative Member of the Club of Budapest (Hungary), Member […]

Prof Frank Geels

rank Geels is Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, at the University of Manchester. Geels is chairman of the international Sustainability Transitions Research Network (, and one of the world-leading scholars on socio-technical transitions, which entail co-evolutionary interactions between technology, consumer practices, firms, markets, policy, cultural meaning, and infrastructure. Shifts […]

Sustainability Institute

The Sustainability Institute is an international living and learning centre located outside Stellenbosch. Surrounded by the breath taking beauty of the Cape’s towering mountains and rooted in an agricultural community needing to break free from its’ racial past, the Sustainability Institute provides a space for people to explore an approach to creating a more equitable […]

Themes of ISDRC19

The central focus of ISDRC19 will be that of Just Transitions, with perspectives from both the global north and south. The outcome of ISDRC19 is expected to be similar to that stated by Swilling and Annecke (2012): “…there should be little doubt that imagining and implementing more sustainable futures is the greatest challenge that our […]

Prof Edgar Pieterse

Edgar Pieterse is holder of the NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town He is a founder member of Isandla Institute, serves on the Boards of Magnet Theatre, the Sustainability Institute and the Cape Town Partnership; and also serves on the […]


he Stellenbosch Innovation District (SID) is a programme aimed at enabling and engaging local and international innovation resources to build capacity for transitioning Stellenbosch into a SMART and sustainable town. This programme essentially seeks to provide a system and platform to turn the towns local challenges into opportunities for urban transition towards sustainability. The various […]