A stone’s throw from the working-class township of Masiphumelele, the Noordhoek mountains are being transformed into exclusive “eco-estates” which preserve apartheid geography just as the Group Areas Act did, write Bruce Baigrie and Henrik Ernstson
The African Centre for Cities (ACC) based at the University of Cape Town is an interdisciplinary applied urban research centre focused on scholarship aimed at the understanding the dynamics of urbanization process in Africa. The ACC is a UCT Signature Theme funding was awarded to the Cities in Africa Project, which was a collaborative venture […]
South Africa has a housing crisis, and informal settlements are a huge part of that crisis, explains Dr Warren Smit of the African Centre for Cities.
Established in 2007, the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town seeks to facilitate critical urban research and policy discourses for the promotion of vibrant, democratic and sustainable urban development in the global South from an African perspective using interdisciplinary approaches. The ACC invites applications for one post-doctoral opportunity focusing on […]
The African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town invites applications for two PhD and one post-doctoral opportunities focusing on sustainable infrastructure and adaptive governance. In a context of rapidly expanding cities in Africa, there is an opportunity to develop contextually relevant sustainable infrastructure such as low carbon, resource efficient and labour […]
Caroline Skinner was the lead editor for the October 2016 Environment and Urbanization Special Issue on Urban Livelihoods. The launch of the issue coincided with the recent Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador.
Liza Rose Cirolia provides a brief roundup of the 2-day introductory workshop for the 101 Series: Municipal Finance in African Cities. Context: There have been increasing calls for urban scholars and practitioners to better understand urban public finance generally and municipal finance specifically. Whether one works on urban infrastructure, food security, or the arts, understanding the […]
ACC is looking to fill the currently vacant position of Deputy Director. The main purpose of this position is to assist the Director in the overall management of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) to ensure that the organisation can fulfil its academic mission, particularly through representing ACC within the University and in engagements with […]
We seek to attract a suitably experienced and qualified individual to a three-year contract in the post of Senior Grant Writer, located in the Research Office. The ideal candidate could either be an experienced research grant writer or a seasoned academic with a strong track record in attracting large research grants, who seeks to take […]
Global Launch of the Gold IV Report: Co-creating the Urban Future. The Agenda of Metropolises, Cities And Territories
Henrik Ernstson will present a PhD seminar titled: Emancipation in an Urban Century: From more-than-human political moments to the figure of the Anthropo-ob(S)scene on 12th and 13th October.
The Urban Action Lab (UAL) at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda has launched their website. The UAL is run by Professor Shuaib Lwasa and his team of urban researchers and students and the Lab will make a crucial contribution from East Africa to pan-African attempts in facing urban challenges of the 21st century. Shuaib just […]
Henrietta Nyamnjoh is a recipient of the American Council of Learned Society fellowship for the African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2016
Report back: The Aesthetical and the Political of Unequal Geographies By Wangui Kimari Seventeen of us gathered for the second offering of the ACC PhD seminar on Democratic Practices at ACC, UCT (4-8 July 2016). This year we sought to problematize the relationship between the political and aesthetics, and through a discussion scaffolded by Ranciere’s […]
The City of Cape Town and ACC are offering embedded research opportunities at the City of Cape Town Municipality for the 2016–2019 period, in support of the City’s development and implementation of a transit-oriented development (TOD) strategy
What does resilience mean – or what should it mean – in Cape Town’s urban water sector?
The ACC has been awarded funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and run an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme on Urban Studies. We invite applications for this five-year position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in this programme
Kim Gurney takes readers through Johannesburg via three arts projects. It is a journey that gives a unique insight into the potential of public art to fashion new public imaginaries of common space says LSE’s Kate Dawson. Read the full book review by Kate Dawson here.
Following the Better Growth, Better Cities project ahead of the Paris COP in 2015, African Centre for Cities will again partner with the New Climate Economy (NCE) team on the Coalition for Urban Transitions
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 […]
This annual seminar series emerges out of an interest to put into conversation political philosophy and global south urbanism. Importantly, our objective is not that of supplementing a theoretical abstraction (e.g. ‘the political’) with some kind of concrete spatiality.