PECS #49: Enhancing resilience and equity: Insights from the Southern African Resilience Academy

This webinar presents the outcomes of the “Southern African Resilience Academy” (SARA), an innovative working group initiative coordinated by the Centre for Sustainability Transitions at Stellenbosch University. SARA brought together research and practice experts from the region over a period of two years to engage in a knowledge co-production process under the theme of “building resilience and equity in southern Africa”. From protected areas to cities and disaster risk to metacoupling, working groups engaged with a diverse set of contexts and topics to develop practice- and policy-relevant insights for sustainable development in the region and beyond. This webinar presents an overview of SARA, the outcomes of the working groups, as well as reflections on the SARA initiative and lessons learned for similar processes of translating knowledge into action.

Dr Maike Hamann is a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Geography & Environmental Science (CGES). Maike uses a social-ecological systems lens to understand how nature contributes to and enhances human well-being, especially in the context of Global South cities. She has a particular interest in the impact of socio-economic inequalities on people-nature relationships, and in applying creative futuring methods to explore transformations towards more just and sustainable trajectories. Before joining CGES, Maike was based at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she coordinated the Southern African Resilience Academy for the Global Resilience Partnership. Maike completed a PhD in Sustainability Science at the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Natural Capital Project at the University of Minnesota in the United States.