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 additional case study in collaboration with the Institute for Systems Science and Sustainability (ISIS) on the growth of the local clean-tech cluster in Styria province of Austria. The SID is a product of his PhD work, through a local, comparative case study of Technopark, based in Stellenbosch, and the institutional reform that is required to ensure its future success. This evolved into a whole town initiative  as opposed to only one science park.

He has also completed a master program at Malardalen University, Sweden, on Ecological Economics whilst working for Green Peace. Before this he spent several years in Taiwan, learning Chinese and teaching there. He also has an honours degree in philosophy, and a bachelor degree in politics, philosophy, and economics, from Stellenbosch University. He plans to continue his work as programme manager of the SID, and focus his research on this transition of Stellenbosch town.

THE GLOBAL RESEARCH FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION and PRODUCTIONGRF-SPaC was created by and for the global community of researchers and practitioners engaged in research on the worldwide transition to sustainable production and consumption systems. GRF-SPaC strives to develop and strengthen methods of fundamental and applied research to achieve a deeper understanding of the possibilities and barriers to systemic change. Its ultimate goal is to enhance development and adoption of production and consumption policies, practices and systems that meet basic needs especially of the poor and vulnerable  and provide prosperity, while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment (2013 GRF-SPaC Vision Statement).

Prof Philip Vergragt will be driving a roundtable to discuss the following questions:

How to imagine and facilitate a transition to sustainable production and consumption in the (South) African context?
What are the roles of stakeholders: business, government, civil society, faith based groups, and research?
How to stimulate and enhance research on SPaC in (South) Africa? How to enhance the research-practice interface?
What is the scope for a regional hub of GRF-SPaC? What is the added value for researchers and others? Could the ARCP and/or SID possibly take up the coordination?