Publications and Research Outputs

Although the full list of research outputs is available from my extended CV, below are as many pdfs of these research outputs that can be made available. Alternatively, a detailed listing with some full text attachments is available on Research Gate.

Co-Creating The Urban Future: The Agenda of Metropolises, Cities and Territories

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United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the largest association of cities in the world, has published GOLD IV 2016 the Fourth Global Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy. Entitled Co-Creating the Urban Future, this is probably the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of the state of local governance available. Prepared for release at the Habitat III summit starting in Quito next week, this report captures a perspective that breaks from the neo-liberal paradigm that dominated the discourse of the Habitat II summit that took place in Istanbul in 1996. Edgar Pieter, Anton Cartwright and I helped write the concluding chapter. I attended the Istanbul summit and I will not attend the Quito summit where the New Urban Agenda will be adopted. The adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda when read together provide a new terrain of contestation about the future of cities and urban settlements, with special reference to nature of urban economic development and the ecological sustainability of urban systems.

For a copy of the GOLD IV report: goldivpart1 gold-ivpart-2

For the Executive Summary: goldiv_eseng

Multi-Scale Governance of Sustainable Natural Resource Use – Challenges and Opportunities for Monitoring and Institutional Development at National and Global Level

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Authors: Stefan Bringezu, Janez Potocnik, Heinz Schandl, Yonglong Lu, Anu Ramaswami, Mark Swilling and Sangwon Suh

Type of publication: journal article

Reference details: Bringezu, S.; Potocnik, J.; Schandl, H.; Lu, Y.; Ramaswami, A.; Swilling, M.; Suh, S. 2016. Multi-Scale Governance of Sustainable Natural Resource Use – Challenges and Opportunities for Monitoring and Institutional Development at National and Global Level. Sustainability, 8:778; doi:10.3390/su8080778.

Keywords: sustainability, transition, global governance, resource use, sustainable development

To download the article: Multi-Level governance

Integrated Urban Development Framework and Implementation Plan

Authors: Panel of Experts chaired by Edgar Pieterse (of which I was a member)

Type of publication: government report – policy approved by Cabinet on 27 April 2016 (Freedom Day).

Reference details: Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). 2016. Integrated Urban Development Framework. Pretoria: Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Keywords: South Africa, urbanization, urban governance, urban transition, resource flows, sustainability

Download IUD: IUDF 2016_WEB

Download Implementation Plan: IUDF IMPLEMENTATION PLAN 2016_WEB

The Future of the City and the Next Economy

Authors: Mark Swilling and Maarten Hajer

Type of publication: book chapter

Reference details: Swilling, M. & Hajer, M. 2016. The Future of the City and the Next Economy. International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, The Next Economy Catalogue. Rotterdam.

Keywords: urbanization, urban governance, urban transition, urban metabolism, resource flows, sustainability

Pdf version: IABR

Transdisciplinary Research in Enkanini: Taken by Force – 12 min version

This is a documentary that demonstrates the application of a transdisciplinary research programme in the informal settlement of Enkanini in Stellenbosch that I coordinated during the period 2011-2015. Funded by the National Research Foundation, this programme and documentary captures how we re-interpreted what transdisciplinary research means and used it not only to understand what is going on (systems knowledge), but also to trigger a process of social transformation that resulted in the establishment of the iShack social enterprise.

Greening the South African Economy

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Authors: Mark Swilling, Josephine Musango, Jeremy Wakeford

Type of publication: edited book

Reference details: Swilling, M., Musangon, J. & Wakeford, J. (eds.) Greening the South African Economy. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Keywords: South Africa; structural transformation; sustainable development; transition.

Africa’s game changers and the catalysts of social and system innovation

Authors: Mark Swilling

Type of publication: journal article

Reference details: Swilling, M. 2016. Africa’s game changers and the catalysts of social and system innovation. Ecology and Society, 21(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08226-210137

Keywords: Africa, African development, social innovation, structural transformation, transdisciplinary research

Download: Ecol&Soc

Sustainable Urban Water System Transitions Through Management Reforms in Ghana

Authors: Ernst Nti Acheampong, Mark Swilling & Kevin Urama

Type of publication: journal article

Reference details: Acheampong, E.N., Swilling, M., Urama, K. 2016. Sustainable urban water system transitions through management reforms in Ghana. Water Resource Management, DOI 10.1007/s11269-016-1256-3.

Keywords: multi-level perspective, reforms, policies, management, transition, urban water system, Accra, governance, urban

Download: AccraWater