The Environmental Security Group worked within the Centre for Criminology to understand how the governance environment shapes environmental risk and societies exposure to it. In particular, the Fulcrum Institutions and Sustainability Programme was a three-year South African National Research Foundation (NRF) ‘Global Change, Society and Sustainability’ (GCGC) grant. The progamme investigated the governance of environmental change and how society is, and can, adapt to the myriad threats presented by climate-risk both in South Africa and elsewhere.
The programme explored how ‘fulcrum institutions’, those institutions with the capacity to lever large-scale societal change, can be enrolled to help realise sustainable solutions in the face of global environmental change. The ‘fulcrum institutions’ initially under investigation include the global insurance and financial industries, local municipal governments and the key commercial resources industries. The programme drew upon mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with key stakeholders within each of the sectors it engaged, as well as research partnerships with a number of academic institutions and non-profit organisations.
Harrington, C., Lecavalier, E. & Shearing, C. 2017. Lessons of the Anthropocene: Entanglements and Security. Crime, Law and Social Change: An International Journal.
Journal publications/book chapters from this project
Ziervogel, G., Pasquini, L., Taylor, A. & New, M. (under review) Climate change challenges and African cities: four perspectives on progress and opportunities. In: New, M., Davies, H. & Scott, D. (Eds.) Urban development and climate change: lessons from Cape Town. Cape Town: UCT Press.
Bourne, A., Pasquini, L., Donatti, C.I., Holden, P. & Scorgie, S. (2016) Indicators for tracking adaptive capacity and adaptation effectiveness in local government: lessons from South Africa. In: Atela, J., Huq, S., Ochieng, C., Orindi, V. & Mbeya, K. Enhancing effectiveness of community-based adaptation to climate change: unlocking some nuts and bolts. Nairobi: African Centre for Technology Studies.
Harrington, C. 2016. The Ends of the World: International Relations and the Anthropocene. Millennium:Journal of International Studies. 44(3).
Reyers, B., Nel, J.L., O’Farrell, P. & Nel, D. 2015. Navigating complexity through knowledge coproduction: Mainstreaming ecosystem services into disaster risk reduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 112:24.
Herbstein, T. 2015. Insurance and the Anthropocene: Like a Frog in Hot Water. Doctoral thesis. University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Shale, M. 2015. Resilience and Risk in the Informal Economy: A Study in the Regulation of Flooding. Doctoral thesis. University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Timm, S. 2015. Modalities of Regulation in the Informal Economy: A Study of Waste Collectors in Cape Town. Doctoral thesis. University of Cape Town, South Africa.