Welcome to the ISDRC19 conference website

The International Sustainable Development Research Society aims to promote collaboration and dialogue of a high quality, building bridges between different research communities, and between research and its applications in society. ISDRS also promotes the engagement between communities in developed and developing countries. To this end the 19th annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference (ISDRC19) will be held, for the first time, in the global south, in the picturesque Lynedoch valley of the capital of the South African wine lands – Stellenbosch – about a half-an-hour outside of Cape Town.

South Africa has experienced a difficult transition, and still does, in the face of the many challenges that are characteristic of a society where the first and third worlds meet. Here the extreme poor live, ironically, in one of the most carbon-intensive economies, which is based on a “mineral complex”. Thus, one finds the fundamental economic problems of inequality and resource exploitation that remain intact in a democratic space that has made possible countless innovations and changes across the social, economic and environmental spectrum.

It is then appropriate for ISDRC19 to be hosted where these challenges are actively being researched, at the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, and specifically the postgraduate programme in Sustainable Development and the TsamaHub in the School of Public Leadership (SPL), in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences; and the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), in the Faculty of Engineering.