Publications and Research Outputs

Although the full list of research outputs is available from my extended CV, below are as many pdfs of these research outputs that can be made available. Alternatively, a detailed listing with some full text attachments is available on Research Gate.

A transition to sustainable ocean governance

Link to the paper Nature

Title: A transition to sustainable ocean governance

Authors: Tanya Brodie Rudolph, Mary Ruckelshaus, Mark Swilling,
Edward H. Allison, Henrik Österblom, Stefan Gelcich
Philile Mbatha

Source: Brodie-Rudolph, T., Ruckelshaus, M., Swilling, M.,
Allison, E.H.,  Österblom, H., Gelcich, S. & Mbatha, P. A transition to sustainable ocean governance. Nature Communications, .



The Ocean Transition: What To Learn From System Transitions

Below are the links to the full paper and the summary for decision makers of the report for the High Level Panel on the Oceans. This High Level Panel consists of 13 Heads of State who are concerned about the future of the oceans. I was co-lead author with South African Tanya Brodie (who is a CST Research Fellow) and American Stanford Professor Mary Ruckelshaus. I learnt so much about the world of ocean governance from this work, and it reinforced my ideas about the commons that I discussed in my latest book The Age of Sustainability.

The Ocean Transition Summary for Decision Makers

The Ocean Transition Full Paper


Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Launch of Ocean Panel Blue Paper during World Ocean Week (co-lead authors Mark Swilling and Tanya Brodie Rudolph of CST with Mary Ruckelshaus, Stanford University): “Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Ocean Economy”

The COVID-19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the interconnected nature of people and the environment. This is particularly true of the ocean, which is integral to human well-being and a thriving world economy.  As multiple stressors threaten the ocean, shifts in governance are needed to ensure the continued contribution of the ocean to people. The Ocean Panel (High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy), an initiative of 14 serving world leaders, commissioned a series of Blue Papers to build momentum towards a sustainable ocean economy.  Blue Paper 14 – “The Ocean Transition: What to Learn from System Transitions” – will be launched on Friday 12 June 2020 at an event which concludes two weeks of global dialogues and debates with the ocean community.

Dr Mary Ruckelshaus, co-lead author (Natural Capital Project, Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University) will participate in a panel discussion presenting the key insights from this paper together with Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Sherpa to Prime Minister Erna Solberg, H.E. Ms. Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN, Sherpa to President Remengesau Jr,  and Hon. Jane Lubchenco, PhD., Oregon State University, Co-chair Ocean Panel Expert Group.

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Transformational Infrastructure for Development of a Wellbeing Economy in Africa

Mebratu, D. & Swilling, M. (eds.) 2019. Tranformational Infrastructure for Development of a Wellbeing Economy in Africa. Stellenbosch: Sun Media.

This book was launched last week at the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) that took place in Durban. The gentlemen in the pic on the left are (from left to right) Dr. Frank Turyatunga, Deputy Director of UNEP-Africa, Dr. Patrick Mwesigye, Uganda, Dr Henry Roman, Director at DST, South Africa and Christoff Pauw from Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. In the pic on the right Desta Mebratu (far left) is with current President of AMCEN and Environment Minister of Gabon (Lee White) and Director of the UNEP Africa Office in the middle.

Very proud to be launching a new book co-edited with Prof Desta Mebratu, an Ethiopian researcher and policy advocate who has worked on an African perspective on sustainability since the mid-1990s. His famous 1998 article has been read by my students every year since 2003 as a compulsory reading.