Alicia Fortuin

Alicia Fortuin is a Masters graduate from the School of Architecture and Planning where she completed her Master of City and Regional Planning at the University of Cape Town. Her dissertation assessed the spaces of and for participation in the land restitution process of District Six, where people of colour were forcibly removed under South Africa’s apartheid legislation. Broadly, her research interests include community participation and engagement, socio-spatial injustice and the urban land market, mapping and exploring the role of culture and public space in African cities. Some of these have been explored in her work at the African Centre for Cities (ACC), where she is based at the University of Cape Town.


Previously, Alicia has worked with the Poverty and Inequality Initiative at the South African Development and Research Unit (UCT) where she contributed to research on youth aspirations in deprived communities in the Western Cape and youth unemployment in South Africa. Most recently she has received the Pan African College Ph.D. Scholarship at the ACC, where she will be looking at the impacts of land-use dynamics and Cape Town’s unequal urban spatial form on young professionals in the city.



  • Pádraig Carmody & Alicia Fortuin (2019) “Ride-sharing”, virtual capital and impacts on labor in Cape Town, South Africa, African Geographical Review, DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2019.1607149