I was born and live in South Africa. Currently, I’m a research associate with the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) at Stellenbosch University (SU). Prior to the CST, I was actively involved in building and managing the TsamaHub — an inter-faculty institution of Transdisciplinarity, Sustainability, Modelling and Assessment — for working across many different academic disciplines and departments at SU on a wide range of sustainability-related challenges . The TsamaHub work also included developing a transdisciplinary doctoral programme – known as TRECCAfrica – and leveraging the necessary international funding for conducting this intra-Africa doctoral programme.
I hold several post-graduate degrees in philosophy, theology and sociology. In my PhD I developed the notion of methodological agility as a means for switching between the mono-, multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary research methodologies, for tackling sustainability transitions in and under radically different contextual conditions in the world today. At the methods level, I translated this into an innovative Narrative Action Research (NAR) approach — the different aspects of which are explained in more detail throughout this website.
My contact details are as follows:
Dr John van Breda