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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 […]

Edgar Pieterse on ‘Tomatoes & Taxi Ranks’

Edgar Pieterse

African societies and economies are caught up in the intersection of at least five megatrends: population growth, urbanisation, climate change, migration, and the knot of food, water and energy insecurity. (more…)

In the press: Informal trade may hold the key to food security

Caroline Skinner, Gareth Haysom

Government’s lack of support for informal traders, combined with ongoing attacks on foreign food traders – lately also by prominent politicians – is creating a toxic mix that jeopardises not only the food security of the growing numbers of urban poor, but also divests them of important livelihood opportunities and throttles the economy. (more…)

Ghana Urbanisation Think Tank

Anton Cartwright

ACC’s project for the Coalition for Urban Transitions in Ghana took a significant step forward on 25 September 2018 with the hosting of the first Ghana Urbanisation Think Tank. The Think Tank was co-chaired by Sylvanus Adzornu, Director in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Prof George Owusu of Ghana University, who […]

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 […]

In the press: Open Book: the gridlock ghoema

Now there’s talk of a traffic day zero in Cape Town. The day the city becomes completely gridlocked and we end up sleeping in our cars, taxis, and buses. It wouldn’t take much, Cape Town is apparently already the 48th most congested city in the world, according to the TomTom traffic index. And with only three […]

Call for proposals: Supporting Intercultural Dialogue for Social Cohesion in Urban Africa

FIRST CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS Culture at Work Africa – Promoting the Public Value of Culture for Social Cohesion and Urban Development in Africa is looking to support innovative on-the-ground projects aiming at developing safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue and at promoting active citizenship and intercommunity relations. Projects will seek sustainable outputs and […]

Call for abstracts: Representing urban life in Africa and its diasporas

Rike Sitas, Shari Daya

It is now widely acknowledged that cities are growing faster in Africa than almost any other region. As our urban populations are burgeoning, so urban art of all kinds is flourishing on the continent, as well as in African diasporas in the global North and South. However, analysed predominantly through developmentalist lenses, as problematic sites […]

In the Press: Sustainable cities depend on collective responsibility and action

Susan Parnell

Cities do not just happen. They are located in a historical context, and in an increasingly complex global policy environment. The question of how cities can and should be governed is a complicated one. By its nature, achieving sustainable urban development lends itself to varied entry points and encourages action by multiple stakeholders who may […]

Ruo Emoh: Our Home; Our Story

The City Research Studio (CRS) is a year-long course presented as part of the newly launched MPhil in Southern Urbanism as well as part of the Masters in Critical Urbanisms (University of Basel) semester at UCT. The CRS was conceived of as a three-part experimental space for students, and faculty, to engage in the City, to learn to […]

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…)

Follow Nourishing Spaces on YouTube

Nourishing Spaces, which was launched in June 2017, is an IDRC-funded research and advocacy project working on food security, food systems and governance in neighbourhoods in Cape Town and Kimberley (SA), Windhoek and Oshakati (Namibia), and Nairobi and Kisumu (Kenya). Ultimately, the project aims to support local governments and community stakeholders in each study site […]