Mark Swilling is Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University. He has vast experience in policy analysis, has published widely, and has coordinated large projects. He holds the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer award.

Mark Swilling is Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Sheffield and Utrecht, and Bass Scholar at Yale University (2018). He is Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute ( and Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition ( He co-authored with Eve Annecke "Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World" (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2012), co-edited with Adriana Allen and Andreas Lampis "Untamed Urbanism" (New York and London: Routledge, 2016), co-edited with Josephine Musango and Jeremy Wakeford "Greening the South African Economy" (Cape Town: Juta, 2016) and was the lead author of the report "Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa is Being Stolen" (Stellenbosch University and University of the Witwatersrand, 2017). He is a member of UN Environment's International Resource Panel acting as Coordinator of the Cities Working Group ( and of the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He is co-lead author of "The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization", to be published in 2018 by the International Resource Panel, and is currently working on a book provisionally entitled "Just Transitions in a Complex World: Reflections of an Enraged Incrementalist." He was co-author with Ivor Chipkin of "Shadow State: Politics of Betrayal" published by Wits University Press in 2018.   

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