Research methods for understanding and supporting decision processes in African Cities

The Research methods for understanding and supporting decision processes in African Cities working paper produced by the FRACTAL project, reviews 12 decision-making methods to explore how different approaches may lead key people working in cities and surrounding urban areas of Southern Africa to make better-informed decisions about adapting to climate change. The review covers both decision-making process … Continued


Economic Report on Africa 2017: Urbanisation and Industrialisation for Africa’s Transformation

Despite the recent slowdown of the global economy and the weakening of Africa’s economic performance with the attendant implications for inclusion and sustainability, the long term growth outlook for Africa remains promising according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s 2017 report. The report, releas states that the region’s long-term fundamentals remain strong as … Continued


Three Fellowship Opportunities for African Doctoral Candidates

The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote the next generation of social science researchers in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics. All applications must be submitted using the online application portal. The application … Continued


The State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report

Produced by members of the Urban Safety Reference Group hosted by the South African Cities Network, with the support of the GIZ-Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme, The State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report is an update of the state of crime and violence in South Africa’s major cities, and a review of knowledge … Continued


Call for Abstracts: Safety and Violence Initiative

The Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the University of Cape Town is inviting abstracts for papers to be presented at a conference entitled Preventing Violence and Promoting Safety in Fragile and Insecure Environments.  The conference takes place from 27 to 28 November 2017 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. The multidisciplinary conference … Continued


Inspiring Climate Change Action in African Cities: Practical Options for Resilient Pathways

According to the introduction of the working paper Inspiring Climate Change Action in African Cities produced by the FRACTAL project, the need for climate change adaptation has been widely recognised among developing countries since the early 1990s. The 2015 Paris Agreement provided renewed impetus for addressing the issue; many countries included adaptation and mitigation commitments in … Continued

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Fellowship: Urban Studies Postdoctoral Research

SCOPE The postdoctoral fellowship is focussed on Urban Studies-Southern Urbanism. The candidate will have expertise in qualitative social research, with a firm grounding in social theory and interest in the Global South. Familiarity with (social) design, literature and pedagogy would have to be achieved during the course of the fellowship. The specific tasks of the … Continued

August House is Dead, Long Live August House! by Kim Gurney

August House: Where art and city-making meet

                      Writer, artist and research associate at the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities (ACC), Kim Gurney pens a new book on the evolving art space, August House in Johannesburg. August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg … Continued


Pointers from Asia for urbanization in Africa

Africa and Asia are latecomers to urbanization. In these two continents, less than half live in urban centers, while elsewhere, more than 70% of people do. But Africa and Asia are now rapidly urbanizing, with Asian cities growing at an average of 1.5% per year and Africa’s at 1.1% per year. While the world’s largest … Continued


Open Streets Cape Town launches toolkit

Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT), a non-profit organisation working to create shared spaces that help bridge spatial and social divides in the city, launches an Open Streets toolkit. OSCT is based on the successful Ciclovía movement from Bogotá, which transforms streets into car-free public spaces every Sunday. This movement has spread to more than 400 cities … Continued

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