Some selected academic papers that were published in recent years:


De Wit, M.P., Van Zyl, H., Crookes, D.J., Blignaut, J., Jayiya, T., Goiset, V., Mahumani, B. 2012. Including the economic value of well-functioning urban ecosystems in financial decisions: Evidence from Cape Town.  Ecosystem Services, 2:38–44.

Blignaut, J.N. 2012. Climate change: The opportunity cost of Medupi and Kusile power stations. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 23(4):67-75.

Blignaut, J., Esler, K., de Wit, M., le Maitre, D., Milton, S. and Aronson, J. 2013. Establishing the links between economic development and the restoration of natural capital.  Current Opinion in environmental Sustainability, 5:94–101; 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.12.003.

Crookes, D, Blignaut, J, de Wit, M, Esler, K, Le Maitre, D., Milton, S., Mitchell S., Cloete J., de Abreu, Fourie (nee Vlok), H., Gull, K., Marx, D., Mugido, W., Ndhlovu, T., Nowell, M., Pauw, M., and Rebelo, A. 2013. System dynamic modelling to assess economic viability and risk trade-offs for ecological restoration in South Africa.  Journal of Environmental Management, 120:138-147.

Blignaut, J., Aronson, J., and De Groot, D.  2014. Restoration of natural capital: A key strategy on the path to sustainability. Ecological Engineering, 65:54-61, doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.09.003.

Blignaut, J., Aronson, J. and De Wit, M. 2014.  The economics of restoration: Looking back and leaping forward. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1322(1):35-47.

Blignaut J.N. and Van der Elst, L. 2014.  Restoration of natural capital: Mobilising private sector investment. Development Southern Africa, 31(5):711-720. 

Mugido, W., Blignaut, J., Joubert, M., De Wet, J., Knipe, A., Joubert, S., Cobbing, B., Jansen, J., Le Maitre, D., vd Vyver, M.  2014.   Determining the feasibility of harvesting invasive alien plant species for energy. South African Journal of Science 110:(11-12).

Crookes D.J., and Blignaut, J.N.  2015. Debunking the myth that a legal trade will solve the rhino horn crisis: A system dynamics model for market demand.  Journal for Nature Conservation, 28:11-18.

Blignaut, J., Inglesi-Lotz, R, and Weideman, J. 2015. Sectoral electricity elasticities in South Africa: Before and after the electricity supply crisis of 2008.  South African journal of Science, 111(9/10):1-7.

Esler, K., Downsborough, L., Roux, D., Blignaut, J., Milton, S., Le Maitre, D., and De Wit, M.  2016.  Interdisciplinary and multi-institutional higher learning: Reflecting on a South African case study investigating complex and dynamic environmental challenges.  COSUST, 19:76-86.

Crookes D.J., and Blignaut, J.N.  2016. A categorisation and evaluation of rhino management policies.  Development Southern Africa, 33(4):459-469 ( 

Blignaut, J.N., Mander, M., Inglesi-Lotz, R., Claire-Glavan, J. and Parr, S.  2016. The amenity value of Abu Dhabi's coastal and marine resources to its beach visitors.  Ecosystem services, 19:32-41.

Morokong, T., Blignaut, J., Nkambule, N.P., Mudavanhu, S., and Vundla, T. 2016.  Clearing invasive alien plants as a cost-effective strategy for water catchment management: The case of Olifants River catchment, South Africa. SAJEMS, 195:774-787 (

Mudavanhu, S., Blignaut, J., Nkambule, N.P., Morokong, T., and Vundla, T. 2016 A cost-benefit analysis of using Rooikrans as biomass feedstock for electricity generation: A case study of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa.  SAJEMS, 19(5):788-813 (

Vundla, T., Nkambule, N.P., Blignaut, J.N., Morokong, T., Mudavanhu, S.  2016.  The opportunity cost of not utilising the woody invasive alien plant species in the Kouga, Krom and Baviaans catchments in South Africa. SAJEMS, 19(5):814-830 (

Blignaut, J., Crookes, D., Saki, A.  2017.  The demand for ecosystem services of different calf production systems in South Africa.  African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 12(2). In press.

Aronson, J., Blignaut, J. and Aronson, T. 2017.  Key tools for scaling up ecological restoration: Adapting the ecosystem reference model, and orchestrating a family of interactive restorative activities at the landscape scale.  Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  102(2): In press.

Nkambule, N.P., Blignaut, J.N., Vundla, T., Morokong, T., Mudavanhu, S.  2017. The society-wide costs and benefits of invasive alien plants in northern Zululand, South Africa.  Ecosystem Services.  In press.