Mark Swilling

Mark Swilling has 25 years of experience in policy analysis and has coordinated large, transdisciplinary research projects in South Africa. He is Professor of Sustainable Development at the School of Public Leadership of Stellenbosch University. In 2010 he received the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer award for his efforts at introducing sustainability into management education.

Mark Swilling is Co-lead Author of the Panel’s 2011 report Decoupling the use of natural resources and environmental impacts from economic activity: Scoping the challenges; he will serve the same role for the second report. He is also Coordinator of the Working Group on Cities. He co-authored the Land & Soil scoping report and is a member of that Working Group.

Previously, Swilling was Professor of Public and Development Management and Director of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, at the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa. He was also a co-founder of PLANACT, an urban development NGO. He also helped develop policy for restructuring the governance of Johannesburg.

Professor Swilling has spent three decades involved in urban planning and sustainable cities, including large-scale community-based housing projects. He has published over 50 academic articles and four books, and has written extensively for the general press on a range of public policy issues.

His most recent published work includes the articles ‘Decoupling and Sustainable Resource Management: A South African perspective’ (African Journal of Science, Technology and Development, 2010), and ‘Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World’ (soon to be released). Professor Swilling received a PhD from the University of Warwick in the UK.