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 ( 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 […]

Call for Participants: Academy for African Urban Diversity

The African continent is rapidly urbanizing. If this point is agreed upon by a wide variety of actors—from media, to governments, UN agencies, development banks as well as scholars—there is far less consensus about what this process will mean for Africans. The Academy of African Urban Diversity aims brings together doctoral students to debate and […]

“One Table Two Elephants” An Environmental Film Essay Goes to New York

Henrik Ernstson

On Monday April 3rd, 2017, “One Table Two Elephants”  will be screened at the Deutsches Haus 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY from 6:00 – 8:00 PM This film essay is about bushmen bboys, a flower kingdom and the ghost of a princess. Entering the city through its plants and wetlands, the many-layered, painful and liberating history of the […]

In Context

Tau Tavengwa, Edgar Pieterse

Africa is not a country!!! This 10 minute remix film acts as a teaser of some concepts and ideas for an upcoming film and exhibition project ACC/Cityscapes will undertake between 2017-19. In Context will explore the true nature and complexity of life in cities across the continent of Africa.

Job Opportunity: City Embedded Researcher: FRACTAL Cities and Climate Change Project

Anna Taylor

City Embedded Researcher: FRACTAL Cities and Climate Change Project University of Zambia, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Position: Fixed term for 3 years, full-time Application closing date: 30 April 2016 Start date: negotiable around 1 June 2016 End date: 30 June 2019 Applications are invited for the position of Lusaka embedded researcher in the […]

Ghetto Trekk!

Ghetto Trekk! is one of the seven projects ACC is supporting as part of Public Art and the Power of Place project. According to the project coordinator: ‘GHETTO TREKK! is a touring platform that is designed for visual art, music, film-making, fashion, design, curatorship and theatre, while providing a podium for individuals from a wide […]

Artfricraft Studios

Artfricraft Studios is one of the seven projects being supported by ACC as part of Public Art and the Power of Place. Artfricraft Studios will be hosting a series of events as part of their project. According to project director, Fwamba Mukole: ‘Artfricraft Studios is an all-inclusive socio-cultural enterprise aimed at serving as a platform of creative […]

Theatre in the Backyard

Theatre in the Backyard is one of the seven projects being supported by the ACC as part of Public Art and the Power of Place. Theatre in the Backyard presents “Is He Mad?” written & directed by Mhlanguli George and performed by Lamla Ntsaluba. According to the project organisers, “Is He Mad?”: ‘A story of a […]

The Harare Academy of Inspiration

Rike Sitas

The Harare Academy of Inspiration is one of the seven public-facing art projects being supported by the ACC as part of Public Art and the Power of Place. The curators have the following to say: ‘The Harare Academy of Inspiration is an ambitious public art project, turning a small restaurant in front of Harare Library in […]

Ray Pahl Urban Studies Fellowship 2016

Dr Naomi Roux has been selected from a highly competitive field of applicants as the holder of the next Ray Pahl Urban Studies Fellowship. She will spend 2016 at the ACC. Dr Roux will use the year to develop her PhD (Birkbeck, London) into a book about memory and urban spatial transformation. Her case study […]