Anton Cartwright was the ‘Green Economy’ Mistra Urban Futures Researcher at the African Centre Cities from 2013-2015. Previously he convened the City of Cape Town’s Climate Change Think Tank. His work focuses on the application of economics to Africa’s urban transition, environmental degradation and poverty alleviation and the implication of these issues for the discipline of economics itself. He holds two post-graduate degrees (in Environmental Change and Management and in Economics for Development) from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

He is an associate of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.  He has completed assignments for the New Climate Economy, World Bank, The European Union, The Food and Agriculture Organization, DfID, WWF, IIED the Fairtrade Foundation and a range of local and international companies, NGOs and government departments. He is also a founding Director of the not-for-profit organisation Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE), and is chairman of the board of iKhaya le Themba, an aftercare centre for children in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town.



  • Van Heerden, J; Blignaut, J; Bohlmann, H; Cartwright, A; Diederichs, N; Mander, M (2016)The economic and environmental effects of a carbon tax in South Africa: A dynamic CGE modelling approach, South African Journal of Economic and Management Science, 19(5) pp. 714-732.
  • Cartwright, A; Pieterse, E and Swilling, M (2016) Gold IV Report. Co-creating the Urban Future: the agenda of metropolises, cities and territories.
  • Cartwright, A (2015) Better growth, better cities: reimagining and rethinking urbanisation in Africa. Working Paper for the African progress Panel and the Global Commission on Economy and Climate.
  • Colenbrander, D; Cartwright, A, Taylor, A (2014) Drawing a Line in the Sand: managing coastal risks in the City of Cape Town. South African Geography Journal.  Forthcoming. Published online 4 July 2014.
  • Taylor, A; Cartwright, A and Sutherland, C (2014) Institutional Pathways for Local Climate Adaptation: A Comparison of Three South African Municipalities. AFD Focales 18, pp.142.
  • · Cartwright, A; Blignaut, J; De Wit, M; Goldberg, K; Mander, M; O’Donoghue, S and Roberts, D (2013) Economics of climate change adaptation at the local scale under conditions of uncertainty and resource constraints: the case of Durban, South Africa. Environment and Urbanisation, 25(1), pp. 1-19.
  • Anderson, P; Brown-Luthango, M; Cartwright, A; Farouk, I and Smit, W (2013) Brokering communities of knowledge and practice: Reflections on the African Centre for Cities’ CityLab programme. Cities, 32, pp. 1-10.
  • Cartwright, A., Oelofse, G., Parnell, S., and Ward, S. (2012) Climate change at the city scale: impacts, adaptation and mitigation in Cape Town. Earthscan, London.
  • Cartwright, A & Goldberg, G (2011) Climate risk concept note. Delivered at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Conference, hosted by ICLEI, Cape Town February 2011. Funded by IDRC.
  • Colenbrander, D., Oelofse, G., Cartwright, A., Gold, H. and Tsotsobe, H. (2011) Adaptation Strategies for the City of Cape Town: Finding the Balance Within Social-Ecological Complexity in Otto-Zimmerman, K. (ed) Resilient Cities: Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, Proceedings of the Global Forum 2010, Local Sustainability 1, Springer, Germany.
  • Cartwright, A (2012) Can mega-events deliver sustainability? The case of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. In Maennig & Zimbalist (eds) International Handbook on the Economics of Mega-Sporting Events. Edward-Elgar. ISBN 978-0-85793-026-2.
  • Brundrit, G & Cartwright, A (2011) Sea-level rise for Cape Town: impacts and adaptation, in Zietsman (ed) Observations on Environmental Change in South Africa. Sun Press. ISBN 978-1-920338-24-4.
  • Ziervogel, G & Cartwright, A (2010) Climate Change and Adaptation in African Agriculture, in Climate Change Adaptation and International Development, Earthscan Publishing. ISBN 9781849711524.
  • Orr, S; Cartwright, A and Tickner, D (2009) Understanding water risks: a primer on the consequences of water scarcity for government and business. WWF (UK), March.
  • Cartwright, A (2008) Stockholm Environment Institute. Food Feed and Fuels: A Knowledge Survey and Framework. The Hague: Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) 2008. CHAPTER AUTHOR.
  • Cartwright, A; Perkins, R & Von der Heyden, C (2007) Can conservation pay: the economics of marginal land use in the cultivation of sugarcane in South Africa and Zambia? International Sugar Journal. Paper for the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (presented at the XXVI conference August 2007).
  • Cartwright, A & Cooper, D (2006) CDM best practice in South Africa: a guide to practitioners and decision makers. Publication for the PACE Centre. Available at
  • Cartwright, A and Cooper, D (2005) Making small-scale CDM work in South Africa; a users guide. Publication for the PACE Centre. Available at
  • Cartwright, A (2005) Land reform in South Africa: lets not lose the plot. The Good Corporate Citizen, Trialogue (2005).
  • Lorentzen, J, Cartwright, A and Meth, C (2003) Land Governance, Asset Control, and Water Access and Use in the Incomati River Basin in Mpumalanga:  A Case Study of Sugar Production Past, Present, and Future.  Presented at the PEP conference, Washington DC, 2006.  Working Paper, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, July 2004.
  • Cartwright, A (2005) Tackling land reform: lets not lose the plot, chapter The Good Corporate Citizen, a book published by Trialogue.
  • Cartwright, A; Lorentzen, Jo; Vaughan, A, & Xaba, T.  (2004) “Land Governance, Asset Control, and Water Access and Use in the Incomati River Basin in Mpumalanga:  A Case Study of Sugar Production Past, Present, and Future”  for a WWF/World Bank Study on the Impact of Trade Liberalization on Rural Livelihoods and the Environment, unpublished paper, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, July 2004.
  • Cartwright, A, Benseler, A & Harrison, T (2004) Municipal Commonage, Land Reform and Natural Resource Management in the Northern Cape and Free State Provinces: is South African government sitting pretty?  Journal of Public Administration, SA Institute of Public Administration (June 2004).
  • Cartwright, A (2003) When apples don’t sleep: the impact of warmer climates on apple production in the winter rainfall region of South Africa. Presented at the Global Change Symposium, Kirstenbosch, South Africa.


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