Systems Analysis Approach for Complex Global Challenges

  • Priscilla Mensah
  • David Katerere
  • Sepo Hachigonta
  • Andreas Roodt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Risk and Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. Bruce Beck, Dillip K. Das, Michael Thompson, Innocent Chirisa, Stephen Eromobor, Serge Kubanza et al.
      Pages 9-39
    3. Shakespear Mudombi
      Pages 41-61
    4. Ikechukwu Umejesi, Michael Thompson, Maria Marcello, Emmanuel Vellemu
      Pages 63-88
  3. Water-Energy-Food Nexus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Thokozani Kanyerere, Sylvia Tramberend, Audrey D. Levine, Portia Mokoena, Paul Mensah, Wisemen Chingombe et al.
      Pages 93-111
    3. Carmen Klausbruckner, Lucas R. F. Henneman, Peter Rafaj, Harold J. Annegarn
      Pages 113-138
    4. Vain D. B. Jarbandhan, Nadejda Komendantova, Romao Xavier, Elvis Nkoana
      Pages 139-158
    5. Bongani Ncube, Walter Mupangwa, Adam French
      Pages 159-178
  4. Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Ursula M. Scharler, Brian D. Fath, Arnab Banerjee, Delin Fang, Le Feng, Joyita Mukherjee et al.
      Pages 183-208
    3. Pietro Landi, Henintsoa O. Minoarivelo, Åke Brännström, Cang Hui, Ulf Dieckmann
      Pages 209-248
    4. Jacek Banasiak, Aleksandra Falkiewicz, Milaine S. S. Tchamga
      Pages 249-276
  5. Population, Health and Aging

  6. M. Bruce Beck, Dillip K. Das, Michael Thompson, Innocent Chirisa, Stephen Eromobor, Serge Kubanza et al.
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-332

About this book


This book, which contains a collection of review articles as well as focus on evidence-based policy making, will serve as a valuable resource not just for all postgraduate students conducting research using systems analysis thinking but also for policy makers. To our knowledge, a book of this nature which also has a strong African focus is currently not available. The book examines environmental and socio-economic risks with the aim of providing an analytical foundation for the management and governance of natural resources, disasters, addressing climate change, and easing the technological and ecological transitions to sustainability. It provides scientific and strategic analysis to better understand the dynamics of future energy transitions, their main driving forces, enabling factors, barriers, as well as their consequences for the social, economic and environmental dimensions of human wellbeing. Science-based policy advice is achieved through an integrated assessment and modeling of how to simultaneously address the major energy policy challenges in the areas of environment (climate change and air pollution), energy poverty (or access to affordable and clean energy for the poor), energy security and reliability. It also aims to improve our understanding of ecosystems and their management in today’s changing world—in particular, the current state of ecosystems, and their ecological thresholds and buffering capacities. It provides support for policy makers in developing rational, realistic and science-based regional, national and global strategies for the production of fuel, food and fibre that sustain ecosystem services and safeguard food security. Finally, it addresses the human development dimension of global change based on comprehensive studies on the changing size and composition of human populations around the world by analyzing both their impacts and the differential vulnerabilities by age, gender and level of education.


Systems analysis Climate change Policy and governance Water security Energy crisis Systems thinking for global problems Integrated approaches to global challenges Energy transitions Sustainable ecosystems Global population dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Priscilla Mensah
    • 1
  • David Katerere
    • 2
  • Sepo Hachigonta
    • 3
  • Andreas Roodt
    • 4
  1. 1.Human and Infrastructure Capacity DevelopmentNational Research Foundation PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Tshwane University of TechnologyPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Strategic Partnerships National Research FoundationPretoriaSouth Africa
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryUniversity of the Free State BloemfonteinSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71485-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71486-8
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