Future Africa is actively involved in a number of activities to advance African research leadership in the domain of Sustainability Transformations, with a new Future Africa Research Chair to be appointed in 2024. In addition to developing new transformative research initiatives, the Chair will oversee Future Africa’s role in major international initiatives such as Future Earth, and the World Climate Research Programme, and secure synergies with the work of the University’s Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship on the UNESCO BRIDGES environmental humanities Coalition, as well as the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute on the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. In addition, the Chair will contribute to a Sustainability PhD Global Collaborative Platform co-led by Future Africa (on behalf of the University of Pretoria) and the University of Montpellier in France.
The Future Africa Research Leader Fellowship (FAR-LeaF), funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is a two-year research fellowship programme, focussed on developing transdisciplinary research and leadership skills, to address the complex, inter-linked challenges of health, well-being, and environmental risks in Africa. The FAR-LeaF programme recognises the value of creating a long-term network of future-focussed science leaders with transdisciplinary research skills, who can address the challenges of a post-Covid-19 society.
Future Earth is a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet. In 2023, Future Africa will be supporting the establishment of an African Leadership Centre for Future Earth in partnership with the National Research Foundation and Rhodes University. The Centre will work to advance sustainability science on the continent, elevating African scientists into global dialogues and decision-making fora and building strong grassroots networks of sustainability scientists.