2013-14 SA-YSSP Research Areas and Supervisor Teams

During the 2013-14 SA -YSSP 36 young reserachers from 15 countries spent 3 months living and working together in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Participants in the SA-YSSP conduct research at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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Cluster 1: Risk and Governance

1) Extract of Africa: Towards the equitable and ecologically-sound governance of mining and drilling
Supervisor team:

Ikechukwu Umejesi, Department of Sociology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Phone: +27 12 429-6475
Email:

Michael Thompson, Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 2236 807-287
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2) Systems analysis for sustainable green city development
Supervisor team:

Dillip Kumar Das, Department of Civil Engineering, Central University of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Phone: +27 51 507-3647
Email:

Michael Thompson, Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 2236 807-287
Email:

M. Bruce Beck, Wheatley-Georgia Research Alliance Professor & Eminent Scholar Environmental Informatics & Control Program, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia, USA
Phone: +706 542-2152
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3) Understanding individual and community responses to slow and sudden-onset change: Drivers and options for building resilience in the Eden District of South Africa
Supervisor team:

Christo Fabricius, Sustainability Research Unit, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), South Africa
Phone: +27 44 801-5111
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Reinhard Mechler, Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Programme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-313
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Cluster 2: Energy and Climate Systems

4) Transformation of the South African energy system: Towards environmental leadership and participatory governance
Supervisor team:

Vain Jarbandhan, Department of Public Governance, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 550-2905
Email:

Nadejda Komendantov, Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Programme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-285
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5) Energy efficiency in a sustainable mining industry
Supervisor team:

Bessie Monchusi, Centre for Mining Innovation, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 358-0226
Email:

Marek Makowski, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-561
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6) Economic growth under environmental constraints: Toward a low carbon future in South Africa
Supervisor team:

S. C. Oukouomi Noutchie, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, North-West University, South Africa
Phone: +27 72 726-2540
Email:

Matthias Jonas, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-430
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7) Mitigation of air pollution and greenhouse gases
Supervisor team:

Charles Mbohwa, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 559-1202
Email:

Manfred Strubegger, Energy Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-202
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Holger Rogner, Energy Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-426
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8) Domestic energy access at the bottom of the pyramid: Health, social, environmental and economic aspects of solid biomass fuel use and potential for change in Southern Africa
Supervisor team:

Harold Annegarn, Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 559 -3927
Email:

Shonali Pachauri, Energy Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-475
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Zbigniew Klimont, Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 2 236 807-547
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Cluster 3: Ecosystems and Water 

9) Assessing competing land use options for fuel, food and fibre in subtropical and tropical Africa
Supervisor team:

Barend Erasmus, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 717-6449
Email:

Aline Mosnier, Ecosystem Services and Management Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-567
Email:


10) Resilience measures in ecosystems and networks
Supervisor team:

Ursula Scharler, School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Phone: +27 31 360-1605
Email:

Brian Fath, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria & Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA
Phone: +43 22 36 807-605
Email:


11) Stability and complexity of adaptive ecological networks
Supervisor team:

Cang Hui, Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 808-3413
Email:

Ulf Dieckmann, Evolution and Ecology Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-386
Email:


12) Dynamical systems in ecology: Models, analysis and simulations
Supervisor team:

Jacek Banasiak, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Phone: +27 31 260-1363
Email:

Alexey Davydov, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria & Steklov Institute, Russia
Phone: +43 22 36 807-514
Email:


13) Modelling mechanisms influencing above- and below-ground diversity and productivity in plant communities
Supervisor team:

Wijnand J. Swart, Department of Plant Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Phone: +27 51 401-2383
Email:

Gergely Boza, Evolution and Ecology Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria & Department of Plant Systematics, Ecology and Theoretical Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +43 22 36 807-604
Email:

Ulf Dieckmann, Evolution and Ecology Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-386
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14) World Water Scenarios Initiative; Southern Africa case study
Supervisor team:

Yali Woyessa, Department of Civil Engineering, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa
Phone: +43 22 36 807-588
Email:

David Wiberg, Water Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +27 51 507-3452
Email:


15) Water futures and solutions
Supervisor team:

Jacqueline Goldin, Department of Earth Sciences, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Phone: +27 84 438-0203
Email:

David Wiberg, Water Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-588
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Cluster 4: Population, Health and Aging

16) Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into maternal and child health programs in Southern Africa
Supervisor team:

Cheryl Nikodem, School of Health Sciences, University of Fort Hare, East London, South Africa
Phone: +27 43 704-7378
Email:

Andrew Noymer, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria & Public Health, University of California, Irvine, USA
Phone: +949 824-7277
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17) New approaches to measuring ageing in South Africa
Supervisor team:

Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya, HSRC, Pretoria, South Africa
Phone: +27 41 399-8700
Email:

Warren Sanderson, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria & SUNY Stonybrook, NY, USA
Phone: +631 932-1937
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Serguei Scherbov, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-584
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18) Educational reform and social justice
Supervisor team:

Petronella Jonck, Management Sciences, Central University of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Phone: +27 51 507-3131
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Anne Goujon, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-530
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19) Exploring the population-environment-development nexus and differential vulnerability: Case study of marula harvesting in Swaziland
Supervisor team:

André Pelser, Department of Sociology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Phone: +27 51 401-2653
Email:

Raya Muttarak, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria & Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 22 36 807-329
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Last edited: 10 April 2015

CONTACT DETAILS

Dr Ulf Dieckmann
Program Leader, Evolution and Ecology
SA-YSSP Dean (IIASA)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Phone: +43 (0) 2236 807 386

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Dr Aldo Stroebel
Executive Director, International Relations & Cooperation
South Africa National Research Foundation
Phone: +27 (0) 12 481 4350/4039
Fax: +27 (0) 12 481 4044

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Puleng Tshitlho
Grant Officer, International Research Grants
South Africa National Research Foundation
Phone: +27 12 481 4061

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Dr Priscilla Mensah
Deputy-Director, International Academic Projects
University of the Free State
Phone: +27 (0) 51 401 9642/3669

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