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Seminar Series: Global Crisis, Sustainability and the Case for a Just Transition

17:30 - 20:00 19 September 2013

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In our first seminar for the new academic year,  Prof Mark Swilling, University of Stellenbosch, will present 'Global Crisis, Sustainability and the Case for a Just Transition: An African Perspective'

As the global economic crisis persists and the deepening effects of global ecological crises become increasingly apparent, a mounting number of references to the need for a transition of some can be found across many academic publications, policy frameworks and social movement discourses. Nearly as prominent – but not always directly related - is a gathering interest in a diverse set of conceptions of the so-called ‘green economy’.

While much of this debate is dominated by literature concerned with the challenges faced by developed economies, the regionally specific implications of transition to sustainable development or a green economy also need to be taken into account. After all, resource extractive African economies that have yet to invest in the infrastructures of mass production and consumption now face a unique set of choices and opportunities: as they grow economically, should they follow the traditional recipes for modernization through industrialisation, or should they explore less resource and energy intensive alternatives?

In this seminar, Mark Swilling will address these questions from the African perspective, drawing on material from his recent publication 'Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World'.

The talk will be followed by Q&A session and a networking reception with drinks and nibbles.