South Africa

South Africa became a member of IIASA in 2007 through its member organization, the National Research Foundation (NRF).



Since South Africa’s membership of IIASA, a range of research collaborations and capacity building activities have been developed by IIASA and over twenty South African research partners.

The most notable activity is the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) that developed system analytical research skills among over 80 doctoral students from 30 countries including 35 students from South Africa. This lead to the establishment of the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre, which has evolved from the success of the SA-YSSP.

Latest research news:

11 February 2021
Raising climate ambitions could save millions of lives

Adopting policies that are consistent with achieving the Paris Agreement and prioritize health, could annually save 6.4 million lives due to healthier diets, 1.6 million lives due to cleaner air, and 2.1 million lives due to increased physical activity, according to new research.  More

18 November 2020
Tackling the growing challenge of urban air pollution

How can fast growing cities keep air pollution in check? A recent World Bank report highlighting IIASA research explores this tricky question, looking at the kinds of policies and actions cities have taken to tackle poor local air quality, thus providing lessons for other cities.  More

17 June 2020
Climate adaptation lessons learned from the Cape Town drought

Options Summer 2020: IIASA researchers explored how cities can enhance governance around climate change adaptation using the recent Cape Town water crisis as a case study.  More

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18 November 2019
Interview with the Science Advisory Committee Chair Mary Scholes

Mary Scholes has been serving on the IIASA Science Advisory Committee (SAC) since 2011 and was appointed as Chair in 2014. In this interview she discusses her views of SAC.  More

15 October 2019
Ethical research is a quest for truth

An interview with Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay, IIASA council member for South Africa, on ethical research.  More

09 July 2018
The legacy of systems analysis in South Africa: when young scientists become global leaders

Sepo Hachigonta, once a YSSP participant himself, shares the inspiration behind the recently released book “Systems Analysis for Complex Global Challenges,” the intellectual legacy of generations of IIASA and South African YSSP alums.  More

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The National Research Foundation (NRF)

Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay

Deputy CEO: RISA, Research and Innovation Support and Advancement, National Research Foundation (NRF)

The National Research Foundation (NRF)

Aldo Stroebel

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, National Research Foundation (NRF)

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Fanadzo, M., Ncube, B., French, A., & Belete, A. (2021). Smallholder farmer coping and adaptation strategies during the 2015-18 drought in the Western Cape, South Africa. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, e102986. 10.1016/j.pce.2021.102986. (In Press)

Gyamfi-Ampadu, E., Gebreslasie, M., & Mendoza Ponce, A. (2020). Mapping natural forest cover using satellite imagery of Nkandla forest reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 18, p. 100302. 10.1016/j.rsase.2020.100302.

Rao, N. , Min, J. , & Mastrucci, A. (2019). Energy requirements for decent living in India, Brazil and South Africa. Nature Energy 4 (12), 1025-1032. 10.1038/s41560-019-0497-9.

Lesiv, M., See, L. , Mora, B., Pietsch, S., Fritz, S., Bun, H., Sendabo, S., Kibuchi, S., et al. (2019). Accuracy Assessment of the ESA CCI 20M Land Cover Map: Kenya, Gabon, Ivory Coast and South Africa. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-009

Orthofer, C., Huppmann, D. , & Krey, V. (2019). South Africa After Paris—Fracking Its Way to the NDCs? Frontiers in Energy Research 7, art.20. 10.3389/fenrg.2019.00020.

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