Social Sciences

 

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  • Cousins, B (Dlg-verlags GMBH, 2016-09-21)
    Following the end of apartheid, South Africa’s government set itself ambitious goals with a planned land reform. However, there have since been barely any changes in the country’s agricultural structure, and the positive ...
  • Cousins, B (SAGE Publications, 2017)
    What is going wrong in South Africa’s post-apartheid land reform programme, and how can its failings be addressed? Twenty two years after the transition to democracy and the commencement of land reform, there is a great ...
  • Bhorat, H; Kanbur, R; Stanwix, B (Oxford University Press, 2017-01-03)
    The fraction of workers currently covered by minimum wages in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is small, but as formality and urbanization increase, wage regulation will become increasingly relevant. In this analysis, we find that ...
  • Bhorat, H; Cassim, A; Tseng, D (Taylor & Francis, 2014)
    The purpose of this report is to interrogate the impact and nature of South Africa’s post-apartheid economic growth performance through the lens of human-capital investment with a particular emphasis on higher education. ...
  • Bhorat, H; Cassim, A; Kanbur, R; Stanwix, B; Yu, D (Oxford University Press, 2016-01-27)
    This article applies the econometric methods of the new minimum wage literature to assess the impact of minimum wages on employment, wages and non-wage benefits for youth in South Africa. We find a statistically significant ...
  • Bhorat, H; Kanbur, R; Stanwix, B (SpringerOpen, 2015-11-16)
    In many developing countries, a significant portion of the wage distribution is found below the legal minimum wage. In order to fully understand the nature of this non-compliance, we need to compare the counterfactual wage ...
  • Bracking, S; Diga, K; Ngcoya, M; Lombo, M; Ntombela, S (Scientific Digest, 2017-10-11)
    The research utilizes mixed methods to discuss the incorporation of concepts of sustainable livelihoods for climate change adaptation in the eThekwini municipality, South Africa. The municipality identified and implemented ...
  • Sharife, K; Bracking, S (Taylor & Francis, 2016-06-30)
    This article explores the valuation and marketisation of diamonds in South Africa from 2004 to 2012. It argues that there is no positivist foundation for a ‘real’ or ‘fair’ price from which derogations can be measured, ...
  • Bennett, E; Solan, M; Biggs, R; McPhearson, T; Norström, A; Olsson, P; Pereira, L; Peterson, G; Raudsepp-Hearne, C; Biermann, F; Carpenter, S; Ellis, E; Hichert, T; Galaz, V; Lahsen, M; Milkoreit, M; Martin-Lòpez, B; Nicolas, K; Preiser, R; Vince, G; Vervoort, J; Xu, J (Ecological Society of America, 2016-10-03)
    The scale, rate, and intensity of humans’ environmental impact has engendered broad discussion about how to find plausible pathways of development that hold the most promise for fostering a better future in the Anthropocene. ...
  • Fischer, J; Gardner, TA; Bennett, EM; Balvanera, P; Biggs, R; Carpenter, SR; Daw, t; Folke, C; Hill, R; Hughes, T; Luthe, T; Maass, MI; Meacham, M; Norström, AV; Peterson, G; Queiroz, C; Seppelt, R; Spierenburg, M; Tenhunen, J (Elsevier, 2015-06-25)
    The concept of social–ecological systems is useful for understanding the interlinked dynamics of environmental and societal change. The concept has helped facilitate: (1) increased recognition of the dependence of humanity ...
  • Biggs, R; Boonstra, WJ; Peterson, GD; Schlüter, M (PAGES, 2016-08)
    Social-ecological regime shifts involve large, often abrupt, reorganizations in interlinked social and ecological systems. The domestication of fire illustrates how physiological and social changes enabled humans to start ...
  • Homer-Dixon, T; Walker, B; Biggs, R; Crepin, A-S; Folke, C; Lambin, EF; Peterson, GD; Rockström, J; Scheffer, M; Steffen, W; Troell, M (Resilience Alliance, 2015)
    Recent global crises reveal an emerging pattern of causation that could increasingly characterize the birth and progress of future global crises. A conceptual framework identifies this pattern’s deep causes, intermediate ...
  • Roos, TH; Harms, TM; Du Toit, CG (Elsevier, 2016-05-28)
    A Rotationally Symmetric Spherical Discretisation (RSSD) technique has recently been developed for the discretisation of scattering phase functions in the Discrete Ordinates Method (DOM) in a consistent and rational manner. ...
  • Hamann, MH; Biggs, R; Reyers, B (Public Library of Science, 2016-10-03)
    We take a social-ecological systems perspective to investigate the linkages between ecosystem services and human well-being in South Africa. A recent paper identified different types of social-ecological systems in the ...
  • Selomane, O; Reyers, B; Biggs, R; Polasky, S; Tallis, H (Elsevier, 2015-07-30)
    Sustainable development goals (SDGs), which recognise the interconnections between social, economic and ecological systems, have ignited new interest in indicators able to integrate trends in – and interactions between – ...
  • Palmer, CG; Biggs, R; Cumming, GS (Resilience Alliance, 2015)
    Humans all over the planet are struggling and aspiring to engage with the scale and scope of the challenge of achieving human well-being and environmental stewardship for all. This special feature presents the products of ...
  • Hamann, MH; Biggs, R; Reyers, B (Elsevier, 2015-08-06)
    We present an approach to identify and map social–ecological systems based on the direct use of ecosystem services by households. This approach builds on the premise that characteristic bundles of ecosystem service use ...
  • Rocha, J; Yletyinen, J; Biggs, R; Blenckner, T; Peterson, G (Royal Society, 2014-11-24)
    Marine ecosystems can experience regime shifts, in which they shift from being organized around one set of mutually reinforcing structures and processes to another. Anthropogenic global change has broadly increased a wide ...
  • Steffen, W; Richardson, K; Rockström, J; Cornell, S; Fetzer, I; Bennett, EM; Biggs, R; Carpenter, SR; De Vries, W; De Wit, CA; Folke, C; Gerten, D; Heinke, J; Mace, G; Ramanathan, V; Persson, LM; Reyers, B; Sörlin, S (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015-02-13)
    The planetary boundaries framework defines a safe operating space for humanity based on the intrinsic biophysical processes that regulate the stability of the Earth system. Here, we revise and update the planetary boundary ...
  • Rocha, J; Peterson, GD; Biggs, R (Public Library of Science, 2015-08-12)
    Many ecosystems can experience regime shifts: surprising, large and persistent changes in the function and structure of ecosystems. Assessing whether continued global change will lead to further regime shifts, or has the ...

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