Unequal citizenship in unequal cities: participatory urban governance in contemporary South Africa

Article demonstrates how the spatial and temporal landscape of the city is not a neutral technical backdrop for participatory processes.

Circuitries of spectral urbanism: Looking Underneath Fantasies in Luanda’s New Centralities

Drawing on an in-depth study of urban development in contemporary Luanda and its relationship with the Angolan oil complex, this paper suggests new ways of understanding what underpins and constitutes the envisioned futures of African cities.

Self-organisation in urban spatial planning: evidence from the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana

Paper investigates how spontaneous civic initiatives can support urban development in Accra, Ghana.

Editorial: Environment and Urbanization — Special Issue on Urban Livelihoods

The editorial to the Environment and Urbanization Special Issue on Urban Livelihoods discusses how the informal economy might be included in urban policy and practice.

How important is green infrastructure in small and medium-sized towns? Lessons from South Africa

Paper examines the location of green infrastructure across nine towns, showing that it is unequal between suburbs and that the bulk is located under private tenure (74%) rather than in public spaces. The results show significant use of green infrastructure for a range of provisioning and cultural services as well as its contribution to spiritual and mental well-being.

Alternatives to Landfills Symposium 2017: “Edging closer to a circular economy”

2nd Annual Alternatives to Landfills Symposium 2017: “Edging closer to a circular economy”. Sunninghill, Johannesburg, South Africa.

PhDs: Co-producing urban sustainability transformations at WITS-TUB Urban Lab

The Wits-TUB Urban Lab offers a PhD programme based on six fully funded PhD scholarships, three for South African and three for Sub-Saharan students for study at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, starting in July 2017, in collaboration with Technical University Berlin.

Call for applications to Trier Summer University: Decolonizing urbanism: Transformative perspectives

Call for application to the Summer University “Decolonizing Urbanism – Transformative Perspectives” hosted by The Governance and Sustainability Lab at Trier University (Germany).

Applications open: MSc and DPhil in sustainable urban development

The Urban Studies programme offers part-time master’s and doctoral courses for practitioners and researchers engaged in cities and urban issues.

Urban space administration in Nigeria: Looking into tomorrow from yesterday

Paper examines trends in urban administration in Nigeria and proposes that the devolution of urban administration powers to local authorities and the deployment of geospatial technology tools for urban system administrators offer potential solutions to urban problems in Nigeria.