Institution: University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
Areas of Expertise: Urban and Regional Planning
Professor Philip Harrison has been appointed to the Chair in Development Planning and Modelling at the University of the Witwatersrand and his research focuses on describing, analyzing and explaining urban change in the dynamic Gauteng city-region. He has also recently been appointed as a Member of South Africa’s National Planning Commission. Professor Harrison’s career has been divided between government office and the academic world. He started his career as an urban planner in provincial government, before lecturing at the University of Natal and at the University of the Witwatersrand. Between 2001 and 2006, Professor Harrison taught Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was an Assistant Dean and an Acting Head of the School of Architecture and Planning, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. In 2006, Professor Harrison moved from ‘gown to town’ when he accepted the position of Executive Director: Development Planning and Urban Management in the City of Johannesburg. He worked in this capacity for three-and-a-half years. Professor Harrison completed his Master of Town and Regional Planning and his PhD at the University of Natal.
Philip Harrison, Alison Todes, Vanessa Watson November 7, 2013
In the years after the 1994 transition to democracy in South Africa, planners were convinced that they would be able to successfully promote a vision of integrated, equitable and sustainable cities, and counter the spatial distortions created by apartheid.