My main research interests is urban governance in African cities. I am particularly interested in the institutional mechanisms available to the state at the sub-national level to design, implement and monitor access to basic services in contexts where traditional authorities maintain a presence in the midst of urbanisation. I am also  very interested in how  states and cities collect, analyse and use locally generated data in order to make evidenced-based decisions to address the development challenges at local level. This may include but is not limited to demographic trends, urban land use dynamics and the nature of urban economy within the informal and formal spaces. Additionally I am interested in the role of sub-national government in mitigating long-term development challenges which include HIV & AIDS and food security. Major themes that currently feature on my research agenda include:

  1. Defining Africa’s Urban Agenda
  2. Role of Local Government in Mitigating HIV & AIDS in the Urban Context
  3. Tensions between traditional authorities and administrative local governments in African cities
  4. Vulnerability and Food Security in High HIV & AIDS Prevalence Urban Settings


  • Marrengane, N. and B. Mehta. 2008. Implementation Completion and Results Report (IBRD-71460) for A Municipal Financial Management Technical Assistance Project. World Bank: Washington, DC.B
  • Berrisford, S. D. DeGroot, M. Kihato, N. Marrengane, Z. Mhlanga and R. Van Den Brink. 2008. In Search of Land and Housing in the New South Africa: The Case of Ethembalethu. World Bank Working Paper No. 130. World Bank: Washington DC.
  • Marrengane, C.N. 2004. Book Review, African Journal of AIDS Research. Vol. 3 (1).
  • Marrengane, C.N. 2004. “HIV/AIDS and South African Municipalities.” SafAIDS News. Vol. 10 No. 2.
  • Kelly, K. and C.N. Marrengane. 2004. South African Cities and HIV/AIDS: Challenges and Opportunities.. South African Cities Network: Johannesburg.