Mistra Urban Futures


Mistra Urban Futures Realising Just Cities – Comparative Co-production

The rapidly growing number of people moving into cities all over the world presents a challenge of unprecedented size. It is crucial to find ways to make urbanisation a source for wealth, health and sustainability – which is shared. Mistra Urban Futures arranges Annual Conferences about Realising Just Cities, which are hosted at our research […]

Realising Just Cities

Mistra Urban Futures Annual International Conference 2017

Mistra Urban Futures Annual International Conference takes place from 13 to 15 November 2017 in Kisumu, Kenya under the banner “Realising Just Cities – Learning Through Comparison”. The rapidly growing number of people moving into cities all over the world also present a challenge of unprecedented size. It is crucial to find ways to make […]

Realising the Just City

The African Centre for Cities in collaboration with Mistra Urban Futures is hosting a workshop on Realising the Just City. The signing of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 demonstrated that there is an increasing global pledge to foster just cities that are ‘inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. Although there is a shared commitment to socio-spatial justice, how this can […]

Mistra Urban Futures Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) Learning event

Join us in sharing the experiences of the Embedded Researchers at the conclusion of the first phase of the KTP partnership between the African Centre for Cities and the City of Cape Town. Bringing together academic and practitioner knowledge can co-produce defensible and legitimate responses to policy challenges. The Knowledge Transfer Programme, launched in 2012, […]

Co-producing urban knowledge: experimenting with alternatives to ‘best practice’ for Cape Town, South Africa

Zarina Patel, Saskia Greyling, Susan Parnell, Gordon Pirie

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 […]

Co-producing knowledge on urban sustainability through local government-university interactions: A case study of Mistra Urban Futures in Cape Town

Zarina Patel, Anna Taylor

Lawhon, M., Taylor, A., and Patel, Z. (2012) Co-producing knowledge on urban sustainability through local government-university interactions: A case study of Mistra Urban Futures in Cape Town, ICLEI State of African Cities Report. Abstract The City of Cape Town and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town have established a […]

Scalar politics and local sustainability: rethinking governance and justice in an era of political and environmental change

Zarina Patel

Lawhon, M and Patel, Z. 2013. Scalar politics and local sustainability: rethinking governance and justice in an era of political and environmental change. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(6) pp. 1048-1062. Abstract The local was institutionalised as a key scale for environmental action at the Earth Summit, and remains salient in discourse, policy, and action. However, given both […]

CTLIP Governance and Policy for Sustainability Report: Stakeholder Analysis

Saskia Greyling, Zarina Patel, Anton Cartwright, Rob McGaffin, Anna Taylor

Greyling, S., Patel, Z., Cartwright, A., Davison, A., McGaffin, R., Roux, S. & Taylor, A. (2014) CTLIP Governance and Policy for Sustainability Report: Stakeholder Analysis. Abstract In a context of rich biodiversity and extreme inequalities, the City of Cape Town is tasked with providing services to all its inhabitants – from seeking appropriate and equitable land […]

International Pilot Project Phase 1 Output: Baseline Report

Lawhon, M. 2013. Mistra Urban Futures International Pilot Project Phase 1 Output: Baseline Report. (Governance and Policy for Sustainability Project, formerly International Pilot Project) Abstract This report provides a reflection on and assessment of governance, policy and knowledge in urban sustainability in Cape Town. The aim is to inform a comparative review of the governance […]

‘No Messing in Bonteheuwel’

Zarina Patel

‘No Messing in Bonteheuwel’: The role of social capital and partnership building in sustainable community development. By W. Arendse and Z. Patel (2014) Abstract This article focuses on a community-development programme (case study) in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats, viz. ‘No Messing in Bonteheuwel.’ In a period of just over a decade, this community has […]

South Africa 2035: Learning From The Future

Anton Cartwright

What might South Africa be like in 2035? At a side event during COP17 in Durban in Dec 2011, hosted by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), two sustainable economy experts, Anton Cartwright and the late Peet Du Plooy, were asked to imagine visiting the audience from 2035, to tell about what […]

Adapting to a changing climate in Southern Africa

Anna Taylor, Zarina Patel

This short film captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013 and co-hosted by Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town platform’s Climate Change Think Tank, a partnership within the Knowledge Transfer Programme. Members of the partnership include The University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development […]

Launch of City Officials Exchange Programme: Round 3

Anna Taylor, Zarina Patel

As part of Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town‘s Knowledge Transfer Programme, and emerging out of the Climate Change Think Tank, a third round of city/university collaboration is currently underway. City officials who have undertaken climate change innovations in their sectors were invited to apply for two month practitioner fellowship at the University of Cape Town, hosted by the ACC. […]

City officials exchange showing results

Zarina Patel, Saskia Greyling, Rob McGaffin

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 […]

On Southern African Climate Adaptation

This short video captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013 and co-hosted by the African Centre for Cities’ Climate Change Think Tank