Transformative Processes Summer School

Programme and Presentations

As a culmination to its transformational learning cooperation, the project partners invited 40 young researchers and practitioners based in or originating from sub-Saharan Africa together with those from Germany to join its summer school in March 2021. They had the opportunity to learn from the expertise and related case studies of highly experienced academics. The event covered conceptual and methodological experience gained from cases in South Africa. The slides, pre-recorded presentations and/or related articles for the summer school sessions are provided on this page. One of the important outcomes of this event for participants is the opportunity to join an expanding Sub-Saharan African network of researchers and young academics concerned with processes of transformation in the WEF nexus.

Friday, 5 March 2021 (Time zone: SAST, UTC+2)

Welcome and Introductions

14:00 Welcome and Introductions (1.5 hours)

● A virtual toast to launch the summer school
● Review of the agenda and logistics
● Short introduction round of all instructors and participants (name & affiliation)
● Small group exchange on each other’s work/interests and expectations for the week.

Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University) and Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Osnabrueck University)

Monday, 8 March 2021

10:00 Introduction to the theme

Transformative approaches for the management of the Water Energy-Food Nexus and the advancement of the SDGs in sub-Saharan Africa

Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University) and Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Osnabrueck University)

10:30 Keynote Address: Energy and transformative processes in the context of the WEF Nexus

Dr Jiska de Groot (University of Cape Town)

11:30 Break (3 hours)

14.30 The conceptual framework

Towards Qualitative Cross-case Analysis of Transformative Processes in the face of Resource Nexus Challenges

Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University) and Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Osnabrueck University)

15:30 Small groups to discuss various aspects of the conceptual framework

17:00 Plenary: reporting back

18:00 Close of day

Resources and Prerecorded Presentations

Towards Qualitative Cross Case Analysis of Transformative Processes in the face of Resource Nexus Challenges
Conceptual Framework Part 1

Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Osnabrueck University)

Towards Qualitative Cross Case Analysis of Transformative Processes in the face of Resource Nexus Challenges Conceptual Framework Part 2

Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University)

Resources and further reading

Article

Towards Qualitative Cross Case Analysis of Transformative Processes in the face of Resource Nexus Challenges
Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Richard Meissner, Geeske Scholz, Jessica Cockburn, Experencia Madalitso Jalasi, Sabine Stuart-Hill, Carolyn (Tally) Palmer

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

10:00 (Virtual) Field trip of the case study areas

Films from the case study areas in South Africa

Michelle Hiestermann (Rhodes University) and Dr Sabine Stuart-Hill (University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of Koblenz)

12:00 Break

14:00 Applying the concepts to three case studies in South Africa

Blyde region, South Africa, Reuben Thifhulufhelwi (Rhodes University)

uMngeni catchment, South Africa, Catherine Pringle (Resilient Systems Institute )

Tsitsa project, South Africa, Dr. Matthew Weaver (Rhodes University)

15.30 Break

15:45 Small groups: Applying framework to the case study to determine where transformation is occurring or has potential, and exploring the applicability to (potential) case studies in other regions in sub-Saharan Africa.

17.15 Plenary: reporting back

17.45 Close of day

Session 1: Virtual (Field Trips)

Buffelsdraai Community Reforestation

Amanzi Ethu Nobuntu

Background to the uMngeni catchment

Session 2: Applying the concepts to three case studies in South Africa

Blyde region, South Africa

Reuben Thifhulufhelwi, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Experencia Jalasi


uMngeni catchment, South Africa

Kate Pringle (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Tsitsa project, South Africa,

Dr. Matthew Weaver , Dr. Jessica Cockburn, Dr. Nonsiskeo Mtati and Prof. Tally Palmer

Resources and further reading

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

10:00 The role of crises, knowledge, governance and tools in transformations

Crises, shocks and other drivers for transformations

Nelson Odume (Rhodes Univ.) and Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Osnabrueck University)

Knowledge for transformations/ Indigenous knowledge and past knowledge for transformation,

Dr Richard Meissner (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) and Dr Jim Taylor (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa)

Tools and Processes for Transformation and T-Learning

Dr Jessica Cockburn (Rhodes University) , Dr Sabine Stuart-Hill (University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of Koblenz) and Dr Nadia Sitas (Stellenbosch University).

Hybrid governance

Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Reuben Thifhulufhelwi (Rhodes University)

11:30 Break

14.30 Small groups: an exercise on the themes

  • Crises, shocks and other drivers for transformations, Nelson Odume (Rhodes Univ.) and Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Osnabrueck University)

  • Indigenous knowledge practices panel discussion: Prof. Rob O’Donoghue, Sibongile Masuku and Dr Caleb Mandikonza, Dr Jim Taylor,
    Dr Richard Meissner (panel is organised)

  • Hybrid governance, Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Reuben Thifhulufhelwi (Rhodes University)

  • Tools and Processes for Transformation and T-Learning

  • Dr Jessica Cockburn (Rhodes University), Dr Nadia Sitas (Stellenbosch University) and Dr Sabine Stuart-Hill (University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of Koblenz)

16:00 Plenary: Reporting back

16:30 Close of day

Crises, shocks and other drivers for transformations

Dr Nelson Odume (Rhodes Univ.) and

Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Osnabrueck University)

Knowledge for transformations/ Indigenous knowledge and past knowledge for transformation

Dr Richard Meissner (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) and

Dr Jim Taylor (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa)

Tools and Processes for Transformation and T-Learning

Dr Jessica Cockburn (Rhodes University) and
Dr Sabine Stuart-Hill (University of
KwaZulu-Natal and University of Koblenz) and Nadia Sitas

Hybrid Governance


Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Reuben Thifhulufhelwi (Rhodes University)

Resources and further reading

Article

The role of crisis in transformational learning.

Pahl-Wostl, Claudia; Odume, Nelson; Scholz, Geeske; Amankwaa, Ebenezer

Article

A review of collaborative planning approaches for transformative change towards a sustainable future.

Linnenluecke M., Verreynne M. , de Villiers Scheepers M. and Venter, C.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

9:00 Transformative Processes Keynote: New forms of social and environmental governance

Prof. Lena Partzsch (Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg)

Questions and Answers and discussion moderated by Claudia Pahl-Wostl


10:00 Special session on transdisciplinary research and transformation

Strengthening transdisciplinarity and contribution to transformation in our own research

Prof. Sheona Shackleton (University of Cape Town) & Prof. Tally Palmer (Rhodes University)

12.30 Break (2 hours)

14:30 Using Transdisciplinary approach in the case studies

15:30 Reflection on case studies (small group work).

17:00 Close of day

Resources and further reading

Article

Saving Water while Doing Business: Corporate
Agenda-Setting and Water Sustainability

Laura Kemper and Lena Partzsch

Article for keynote presentation by Lena Partzsch

Article

Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science: practice, principles, and challenges

Daniel J. Lang , Arnim Wiek, Matthias Bergmann, Michael Stauffacher, Pim Martens, Peter Moll, Mark Swilling, Christopher J. Thomas•

Friday, 12 March 2021

10:00 Summer school Review

Synthesis of the Summer School sessions

Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl

10:30 Interactive discussion of experiences and insights: What has been learned and how can this be used in your own research? What are potential follow-up activities?

moderated by Prof. Sheona Shackleton

11:15 Closing words

Prof. Sheona Shackleton, Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka, and Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl

11:30 Close of Summer school