Jacqueline Borel-Saladin

Role/Position: Post Doctoral Researcher

Jacqueline Borel-Saladin joined African Centre for Cities as a post doctoral researcher in 2015 and works on the ESRC-DFID funded project, Consuming Urban Poverty (CUP). This project aims to study the relationship between urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa, urban poverty and governance through the lens of food security in three secondary sub-Saharan African cities: Kisumu, Kenya; Kitwe, Zambia; and Epworth, Zimbabwe.


She completed her undergraduate degree with majors in archaeology and urban geography before moving on to her honours and masters degrees in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT). In 2012, she was awarded a PhD in Sociology from UCT, with a focus on changing employment patterns in Gauteng, South Africa.


She joined the Economic and Development (EDP) unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as a chief researcher, where she worked on topics ranging from resilient cities and the green economy, to the state of secondary cities in South Africa, urbanisation and housing in South Africa, and national urban planning policy in Africa.


Her most recent paper, published in Development Southern Africa, focused on the difficulties of measuring urbanisation in Africa. She is currently working on two papers for a special issue of Urban Forum on metrics in Africa. She is also co-author on two chapters for a book about the CUP project. These deal with the methodological issues in obtaining and using poverty and labour force data to study the case study cities in the CUP project; and urbanisation and poverty in Africa.