The Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) is a Flagship Initiative of Stellenbosch University, South Africa to address the intertwined challenges of environmental and social sustainability by creating a complexity-based inter-and transdisciplinary centre of research and teaching.
The CST initiative is motivated by the recognition that it is not possible to comprehend the ?polycrisis? we face ? and develop appropriate responses ? by applying only, or in isolation, traditional disciplines. New modes of engagement are required to build a better understanding of the interlinked social, economic, institutional, political and ecological dimensions of the unsustainable use and distribution of ecosystem services and their benefits, and bring about deeper systemic transformation to address these challenges. The aims of the CST are to facilitate and coordinate such work through postgraduate training, research projects, community building activities, as well as policy work. The CST builds on a strong legacy of work on transdisciplinarity, complexity and sustainability at Stellenbosch University, and provides the institutional framework and infrastructure for experimenting with new forms of knowledge production and collaborative action that engage with the complexity of the sustainability challenges facing society.