Urban Health


The Covid-19 “crisis” in contested cities and divided societies

Andrew Tucker

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit hosts series of webinars on post Covid-19 urban futures. Hosted by Haim Yacobi, the fourth seminar in the series look at the Covid-19 crisis and how it affected racially, ethnically and nationally contested cities and divided societies, with experts from Nicosia, Jerusalem, Belfast and Cape Town representing various perspectives. ACC’s […]

IN THE PRESS: Upgrades to informal settlements urgently needed

Warren Smit

Khayelitsha is one of the many townships in South Africa established as a racially segregated residential area under the apartheid regime. Like most areas established for “black Africans” during apartheid, it exists on the periphery of the city, some 39km from Cape Town’s centre. About 10 years ago, Khayelitsha represented the largest concentration of poverty […]

SDG Seminar Series: SDG indicators for health outcomes in South Africa

Next up in the ACC seminar series on the Sustainable Development Goals, Associate Professor Salome Maswime will present SDG indicators for health outcomes in South Africa on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 from 12:30 to 14:00. Maswime is Head of Global Surgery in the Surgery Division at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. […]

IN THE PRESS: Bloated bodies and barren lands

Warren Smit

What does obesity have to do with climate change? Quite a lot, according to an influential commission, which says the big food companies that make the junk food fuelling our expanding bodies are also destroying our environment — and need to be stopped. Humans have been getting steadily fatter over the past 30 years and […]

Urban Humanities: Contextualising strategies to enable LGBT rights in Africa: legitimacies, spatial inequalities and socio-spatial relationships

Join us for the an Urban Humanities academic seminar entitled Contextualising strategies to enable LGBT rights in Africa: legitimacies, spatial inequalities and socio-spatial relationships, by Dr Andrew Tucker on Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 15:00. ABSTRACT This paper explores the potential benefits of relationally considering the efficacy of radically different strategies to support LGBT rights in Africa. […]

CityLab Symposium

The African Centre for Cities’ CityLab programme facilitates the co-production of policy-relevant knowledge to reduce urban poverty through the engagement of researchers, government officials and civil society. Started in 2008, the CityLab programme created a platform for interaction between practitioners and researchers and has generated a wide range of different kinds of knowledge on Cape […]

Root Shock and Urban Planning: a conversation with Dr Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Rike Sitas

On Tuesday 11 August, the ACC and District Six Museum co-hosted a  conversation between Bonita Bennett and Rike Sitas with clinical psychiatrist, Dr Mindy Thompson Fullilove. Dr Fullilove’s research into HIV/Aids in the US in the 1980s led to her interest in the psychology of place. Her subsequent research focused on urban planning and displacement, concerned with […]