As a researcher on the Mistra Urban Futures programme at the African Centre for Cities, I am involved in the Governance and Policy for Sustainability project, which seeks to examine the factors within local government that enable and constrain decision-making for sustainable urban development. Exploring, through a co-production methodology, the power and tacit knowledge that is leveraged in spaces and contexts that lie beyond and are more subtle than formal decision- and policy- making arenas are a key research interest.
My Masters degree in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town (completed in 2012) engaged with the everyday lived experiences of those who wait for the state, particularly in relation to formal housing. On the surface mundane, waiting for housing is a significant non-movement in South Africa. Here, my research has focused on understanding the micro-politics of waiting: how people live and make do for long periods of time, and how the permanent temporariness that is waiting shapes their perceptions of and encounters with the state. The day to day functioning of formal institutions of governance, together with the everyday lived experiences of those who are governed form the two cornerstones of my research enquiry.
During my time at ACC I have been the editorial assistant for two books, Africa’s Urban Revolution (edited by Edgar Pieterse and Susan Parnell, Zed Books, 2014) and the Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South (edited by Susan Parnell and Sophie Oldfield, Routledge, 2014). Additionally, part of my role on the MUF team is to (co-)produce and maintain the Cape Town Local Interaction Platform databases and archives – this includes publications, evaluations of various projects, minutes of meetings, reports and news items.
Greyling, S., Patel, Z. and Davison, A. Engaging with sustainability disjunctures in Cape Town: Learning the City from within. Local Environment. (for special issue The Future of Sustainable Cities: Governance, Policy and Knowledge)
Oldfield, S. and Greyling, S. Waiting for the state: A politics of housing in South Africa. Environment and Planning A. (in press)
Greyling, S. and Berrisford, S. forthcoming. Using planning tools to enable informal settlement upgrading: Identifying future opportunities for South African cities. In Cirolia, L., Görgens, T., van Donk, M., Smit, W. and Drimie, S. forthcoming. Pursuing a Partnership-based approach to incremental informal settlement upgrading in South Africa. Cape Town: UCT Press.
Patel, Z., Davison, A. and Greyling, S. forthcoming. Tackling wicked problems and tricky transitions: Change and continuity in Cape Town’s environmental policy landscape. Local Environment.
Patel, Z., Greyling, S., Parnell, S. and Pirie, G. 2015. Co-producing urban knowledge: Experimenting with alternatives to ‘best practice’ for Cape Town, South Africa. International Development Planning Review. 37 (2): 187-203.
Zarina Patel, Saskia Greyling, Rob McGaffin November 28, 2014
City of Cape Town officials work with University of Cape Town counterparts to generate and write up new insights into public policy making, planning and service provision. A stimulating and engaging workshop took place on the 24th November where seven city officials presented their research on specific issues facing the City of Cape Town, which […]
Saskia Greyling February 16, 2014
Zarina Patel, Saskia Greyling, Susan Parnell, Gordon Pirie May 22, 2015
Co-producing urban knowledge: experimenting with alternatives to ‘best practice’ for Cape Town, South Africa
Patel, Z., Greyling, S. Parnell, S. and Pirie, G. (2015) Co-producing urban knowledge: experimenting with alternatives to ‘best practice’ for Cape Town, South Africa. International Development Planning Review, 37(2): 187-203. (Knowledge Transfer Programme) Abstract As an alternative to ‘best practice’, a City–University partnership in Cape Town has been influencing the development trajectory of the city through […]
Saskia Greyling, Zarina Patel, Anton Cartwright, Rob McGaffin, Anna Taylor May 22, 2015