Naomi Roux

Role/Position: Ray Pahl Fellow in Urban Studies 2016

Active Projects

I am an urbanist and visual historian with an interest in the relationships between memory, public space and urban transformation. My PhD thesis (Birkbeck, 2015) focused on the politics of collective memory in the context of the changing post-apartheid city, using Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape as a case study. This was followed by a nine-month fellowship in Cities and Humanities based at LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At LSE I worked on a project titled ‘Urban Memoryscapes’, which included a number of workshops and presentations as well the exhibition Double Vision, focusing on photography, oral history and forced removals in Port Elizabeth.


Before completing the PhD, I worked as a researcher at the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) in Wits University’s School of Architecture and Planning, and as a lecturer in the Wits School of Arts. I hold an MA in Heritage Studies (Witwatersrand, 2009) and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Rhodes, 2007). Previous research has included work in Kliptown, Yeoville, and ‘Little Addis’ in central Johannesburg, and I have taught postgraduate and undergraduate classes in architecture, history of art, historical geography and curatorial studies.