Starting from 19 participants in the first year, numbers rose to 36 in 2014, with students representing 21 different nations. The participants were mentored by 12 senior scientists from IIASA and partnered with 11 South African scientists, each from a different research institution. The Southern African YSSP is based on the innovative Research in Triplets framework developed at IIASA. Through this, IIASA scholars partner with regional colleagues, to jointly supervise young scientists on a project of relevance to the supervisors’ research agenda.
At the concluding workshop of the 2014/15 program, held at the University of the Free State, the participants presented their projects and results. Here is a selection of summaries of the students’ work published in the proceedings of the workshop.
Please note these proceedings have received limited or no review from supervisors and IIASA program directors, and the views and results expressed therein do not necessarily represent IIASA, its National Member Organizations, or other organizations supporting the work.
Chukwuma Leonard Azimoh, of Mälardalen University, Sweden, examined whether mini-grids could provide a solution to off-grid electrification in South Africa. More
Arnab Banerjee, of Visva-Bharati University, India, used a South African estuary, Mdloti, to examine the impacts of keystone species on ecosystem function. More
Shelly Bogra of TERI University, New Delhi, India, explored the agricultural water-energy nexus in the Free State, South Africa, focusing in particular on the impact of rainwater harvesting. More
Aleksandra Falkiewicz of the Lodz University of Technology, Poland, used network models to examine the relationships between groups of organisms, and showed that although simpler models are sufficient in some cases, the more complex ‘microscopic’ models do provide extra detail. More
Martin Flatø, of the University of Oslo, Norway, examined households in South Africa in which women are the senior figure—so called female-headed households—and demonstrated that they are substantially more economically vulnerable to climate variation. More
Lucas Henneman of the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, used the Greenhouse Gas Interactions and Synergies (GAINS) model emissions and control costs associated with eight energy and air pollution scenarios. More
Alois Katiti, of the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, compared models which are used to monitor evapotranspiration, providing essential information for sustainable irrigation practices. More
Carmen Klausbruckner of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, examined how well climate change and air pollution policies are integrated in South Africa. More
Nzalalemba Serge Kubanza, of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, examined environmental justice in the context of solid waste management in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. More
Moipone Mantsebo Letsie of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, analyzed how strategies to cope with climate change differ between households in Lesotho. More
Portia Mokoena of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, explored the possibility of using electrical resistivity imaging to improve groundwater management. More
Elvis Modikela Nkoana, of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, conducted focus group discussions in rural and township communities of Limpopo Province, South Africa to gauge climate change awareness and risk perception. More
Mayank Prakash, of the International Institute for Population Sciences, India, investigated water quality and management in the slums of Mumbai to help policymakers develop improved water delivery services. More
Tejas Rawal, of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, used model simulations to explore the best policy options for achieving a sustainable transport network in Tamil Nadu, India. More
Shingirirai Savious Mutanga of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, examined how using sugar cane to produce electricity could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More
Emmanuel Captain Vellemu, of Rhodes University, South Africa, used a multidisciplinary approach to identify areas in the Mpumalanga province severely affected by acid mine drainage, and examined the legal frameworks and policies used to deal with the problem. More
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