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Sangwon Suh

154 shared publications

Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, United States

Heinz Schandl

83 shared publications

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; Canberra Australia

Anu Ramaswami

73 shared publications

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Stefan Bringezu

11 shared publications

Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR), University of Kassel, 34117 Kassel, Germany.

Camaren Peter

3 shared publications

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MONOGRAPH 0 Reads 2 Citations Shadow State Ivor Chipkin, Mark Swilling, Haroon Bhorat, Mbongiseni Buthe... Published: 01 July 2018
Shadow State, doi: 10.18772/22018062125
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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Flows, Infrastructures and the African Urban Transition Mark Swilling, Josephine Musango, Blake Robinson, Camaren Pe... Published: 14 June 2017
Urban Sustainability Transitions, doi: 10.4324/9781315228389-22
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Article 1 Read 15 Citations Multi-Scale Governance of Sustainable Natural Resource Use—Challenges and Opportunities for Monitoring and Institutional... Stefan Bringezu, Janez Potočnik, Heinz Schandl, Yonglong Lu,... Published: 09 August 2016
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su8080778
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In a globalized economy, the use of natural resources is determined by the demand of modern production and consumption systems, and by infrastructure development. Sustainable natural resource use will require good governance and management based on sound scientific information, data and indicators. There is a rich literature on natural resource management, yet the national and global scale and macro-economic policy making has been underrepresented. We provide an overview of the scholarly literature on multi-scale governance of natural resources, focusing on the information required by relevant actors from local to global scale. Global natural resource use is largely determined by national, regional, and local policies. We observe that in recent decades, the development of public policies of natural resource use has been fostered by an “inspiration cycle” between the research, policy and statistics community, fostering social learning. Effective natural resource policies require adequate monitoring tools, in particular indicators for the use of materials, energy, land, and water as well as waste and GHG emissions of national economies. We summarize the state-of-the-art of the application of accounting methods and data sources for national material flow accounts and indicators, including territorial and product-life-cycle based approaches. We show how accounts on natural resource use can inform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and argue that information on natural resource use, and in particular footprint indicators, will be indispensable for a consistent implementation of the SDGs. We recognize that improving the knowledge base for global natural resource use will require further institutional development including at national and international levels, for which we outline options.
Article 4 Reads 2 Citations Africa’s game changers and the catalysts of social and system innovation Mark Swilling Published: 01 January 2016
Ecology and Society, doi: 10.5751/es-08226-210137
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Article 0 Reads 14 Citations Linking Complexity and Sustainability Theories: Implications for Modeling Sustainability Transitions Camaren Peter, Mark Swilling Published: 24 March 2014
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su6031594
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In this paper, we deploy a complexity theory as the foundation for integration of different theoretical approaches to sustainability and develop a rationale for a complexity-based framework for modeling transitions to sustainability. We propose a framework based on a comparison of complex systems’ properties that characterize the different theories that deal with transitions to sustainability. We argue that adopting a complexity theory based approach for modeling transitions requires going beyond deterministic frameworks; by adopting a probabilistic, integrative, inclusive and adaptive approach that can support transitions. We also illustrate how this complexity-based modeling framework can be implemented; i.e., how it can be used to select modeling techniques that address particular properties of complex systems that we need to understand in order to model transitions to sustainability. In doing so, we establish a complexity-based approach towards modeling sustainability transitions that caters for the broad range of complex systems’ properties that are required to model transitions to sustainability.
Article 1 Read 9 Citations Rethinking the science–policy interface in South Africa: Experiments in knowledge co-production Mark Swilling Published: 01 January 2014
South African Journal of Science, doi: 10.1590/sajs.2014/20130265
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