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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’, […]

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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 […]

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New video series on urban law reform in Africa launched

Stephen Berrisford

As a part of the dissemination of the Reforming Urban Law in Africa: a practical guide, which was recently awarded the Dubai International Award for Best Practices(DIABP) in the category University Research Award on Legislation, Rules, Regulations & Governance Systems, is a newly launched video series. Featuring co-author of the guide Stephen Berrisford, the 13-part series cover each section […]

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International award for ground-breaking urban law reform guide

Stephen Berrisford

African Centre for Cities is pleased to announce that Adjunct Professor Stephen Berrisford was awarded the Dubai International Award for Best Practices (DIABP) in the category University Research Award on Legislation, Rules, Regulations & Governance Systems for Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: a practical guide which he wrote along with the late Patrick McAuslan. Jointly awarded […]

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PEAK Urban junior research fellow: Health and sexuality

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 particular […]

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PEAK Urban research officer: Sustainable development goals

The ACC is undertaking research on urban sustainability to build capacity-making on the urban future, as part of the RCUK PEAK Urban Grand Challenges grant with additional support for funding from Mistra Urban Futures. The work package for this appointment focuses on understanding how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented in the global […]

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New turns in urban thinking from the south

Sean O' Toole

In his keynote address at the recent International Urban Conference, hosted by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), visiting Indian scholar Gautam Bhan spoke of a “southern turn in urban studies”. Over the course of the next three days this discursive shift formed a repeated point of deliberation […]

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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…)

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African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference: Day 3

Sean O' Toole

Urban studies in Africa have come a long way in the last half-century. Speaking on the final day of an international urban conference hosted by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), pioneering US-born urban researcher AbdouMaliq Simone drew on his early experiences to emphasise the gains of this […]

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African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference: Day 2

Sean O' Toole

The use of data to manage the world’s growing housing crisis was a pronounced theme in panels during the second day of the international urban conference hosted by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Its use as a tool to manage Cape Town’s critical housing shortage was a […]

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African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference: Day 1

Sean O' Toole

Why is Cape Town experiencing a water crisis? How does one offer a rounded answer without ignoring history and simplifying the facts? Building on these questions, should frightened citizens of Cape Town, many now scrambling to become water literate, embrace a call to decolonise narratives around water governance? While not explicitly framed as broad talking […]

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Reflections on 10 years of the ACC: Four Vignettes

As one of the early members of the ACC team Jane Battersby reflects on the evolution and maturation of the unit.  Sitting in the opening of the ACC Conference and listening to director Edgar reflect on our origin story, I found myself scanning across the packed venue and remembering snapshots of the proto-ACC. So, here […]

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ACC IUC General Information

General information for delegates attending the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference, 1 to 3 February 2018, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. ONSITE REGISTRATION 12:00-18:00 on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at the Leslie Social Sciences Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. 07:00-17:00 on Thursday, 1 February 2018 at the New Lecture Theatre, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. […]

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J Bobs Live – Off the Record

Kiri Pink Nob is bringing its special game show presentation of Off the Record to the African Centre For Cities International Urban Conference. This multi-award winning production returns to Cape Town’s shores to offers a different register of discourse, specifically tailored to the ACC Conference themes and beyond. Why would you, a serious academic mind, a true […]

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ACC International Urban Conference Programme published

Preparations for the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference are entering the final stages and we are excited to release the draft programme. With 71 panels and 16 roundtables the three-day programme is packed with fantastic contributions from around the globe. (more…)

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In the press: More needed to achieve transformation

Edgar Pieterse

This article by Athina May, related to the work of the Integration Syndicate for Southern Suburbs Tatler, first appeared on 26 October 2017. The spatial layout of Cape Town has not changed much since 1994 and the exclusivity of the City Bowl has received much attention in the media when the Bromwell residents in Woodstock were […]

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ACC NOTRUC Seminar Series: Thinking Emancipatory Change through In-depth Urban Case Studies

Henrik Ernstson, Suraya Scheba

Cities are highly unequal places where histories of oppression is etched into the very machinery that makes them tick. This includes policies and regulations around who can trade and where, the use of police or anti-eviction forces as an integral part of urban planning, and how large-scale infrastructure projects can re-shape wider ecological dynamics to […]

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In the press: Unpacking the spatial paradox

Edgar Pieterse

This article by Kate-Lyn Moore, related to the work of the Integration Syndicate for UCT News, first appeared on 27 September 2017. Is a truly integrated and spatially just Cape Town possible? It is this question that the Integration Syndicate (IS) hopes to answer. The collective brings together research centres at three Western Cape universities, including UCT’s […]