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Mainstreaming Climate Change in Urban Development

Anna Taylor, Anton Cartwright, Di Scott, Gina Ziervogel, Liza Rose Cirolia

Cape Town’s drought crisis grabbed global headlines in 2018 and its causes and solutions were – and continue to be — hotly debated. But managing water shortages and other climate change impacts have been integrated into the city’s urban policy-making for some time, in response to rapid urbanisation and uncertainty about the exact nature, timing […]

Cities in World Politics. Local Responses to Global Challenges

Edgar Pieterse

Urbanisation is one of the most powerful trends of the modern era. Since 2007, for the first time in history over half the world’s population lives in cities, a proportion the United Nations estimates will rise to two-thirds by 2050. Much of this urban growth will take place in Africa and Asia, but other regions […]

BLOG: Settling into ACC – MPhil Southern Urbanism

Housed at the most elevated part of the mountainous University of Cape Town upper campus, the African Centre for Cities (ACC) runs an exciting MPhil in Urban Studies programme to develop urban scholars that can take on the complex challenges of rapidly urbanising cities of the global south. From its vantage point, the ACC’s call […]

ACC at Open Book Festival 2019

Mercy Brown-Luthango, Edgar Pieterse, Jane Battersby

For the third consecutive year African Centre for Cities (ACC) presents four city-focused panel discussions at the forthcoming Open Book Festival, from 4 to 8 September 2019. This year’s sessions are aligned to key areas of ACC’s research namely transport, housing, urban food systems and socio-spatial integration in Cape Town. While the sessions draw on […]

NEW PAPER: The Potential for Sustainable Urbanisation in Africa

Edgar Pieterse

“…from a political, economic, military, and cultural point of view, […] Africa has to become its own center. It has to become its own force. Not as a way of separating itself from the rest of the world, but as a precondition for it to exercise its weight among other forces in the world.” It […]

VACANCY: Urban Studies Postdoctoral research fellowship – deadline extended

African Centre for Cities has a research fellowship available focussed on Urban Studies – Southern Urbanism. Scope of Postdoctoral Fellowship The postdoctoral fellowship is focussed on Urban Studies –Southern Urbanism. The candidate will have expertise in: qualitative social research, with a firm grounding in social theory and an interest in the global South. Familiarity with […]

IN THE PRESS: Taking food security to a wider audience

Jane Battersby, Vanessa Watson

With its engaging narrative style and striking images, Tomatoes & Taxi Ranks translates the fascinating findings of the CUP project into a digestible read accessible to an audience well beyond the borders of academia. One of the most challenging aspects of conducting academic studies is translating crucial findings for a wider audience. With the launch […]

In the press: Edging forward: The cultural governance research agenda for South African cities

A city’s greatest resource, and its reason for being, are its people. Since the industrial revolution, cities began to be seen as “machines for living in” and people were subjugated to technocracy and infrastructure. But as we have seen with recent challenges that come with climate change and conflict, our resilience as people’s tied strongly […]

Call for applications for the ACC Pan African Research College PhD scholarship

The African Centre for Cities (ACC) was established in 2007 at the University of Cape Town as an urban research institute. The ACC is based in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, but is interdisciplinary in its scope, drawing expertise on urban issues from across […]

In the Press: With support from CUT, WRI and ACC: ESRF hosts TULab meeting in Dar

With the support from the Coalition for Urban Transitions (CUT), World Resource Institute (WRI) and African Centre for Cities (ACC), Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in collaboration with Ministry of Finance and Planning hosted the Tanzania Urbanisation Laboratory (TULab) meeting in Dar es Salaam on Friday. (more…)

OPPORTUNITY: PEAK Urban Junior Research Fellow

The ACC is undertaking research on urban sustainability as it relates to southern urbanism to build capacity-making on the urban future, as part of the RCUK PEAK Urban Grand Challenges grant (http://www.peak-urban.org). The work package for this appointment focuses on understanding how to address the urban sexual health needs of the ‘Key Populations’ and in […]

ACC researcher awarded

James Duminy

The African Centre for Cities (ACC) is pleased to announce that researcher James Duminy has been awarded the Joseph Arenow Prize for the best PhD thesis for 2017 in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (EBE), University of Cape Town.   His thesis, entitled ‘Scarcity, Government, Population: The Problem of Food in Colonial Kenya’, […]

Jane Battersby joins Global Nutrition Report’s group experts

Jane Battersby

ACC’s Jane Battersby is among the new members of the Global Nutrition Report‘s Independent Expert Group (IEG). The IEG members were selected to bring the right mix of expertise and fresh perspectives to the Global Nurtrition Report in 2018 and beyond. The IEG as a whole represents individual members’ expertise in research, programming, data and […]

ACC International Urban Conference: A personal reflection

James Duminy

African Centre for Cities researcher James Duminy reflects on his experience of the ACC International Urban Conference which took place from 1 to 3 February 2018 at the University of Cape Town.  The ACC 2018 International Urban Conference was an important experience for me, both intellectually and personally. (more…)

African Centre For Cities PEAK Urban Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Urban Governance

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS The ACC invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship to support research associated with the PEAK Urban project and complementary work on urban sustainability and governance. The successful candidate will become part of a new global cohort of urban researchers as part of the PEAK Urban project. The ideal candidate will have expertise […]