A thriving coal mining city in crisis? The governance and spatial planning challenges at Witbank, South Africa

This paper discusses how a flourishing city such as Witbank, with its economy based on non-renewable resources, manages its vulnerabilities.

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.

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.

Politics and the practice of planning: The case of Zimbabwean cities

This paper explores how the practice and profession of planning in Zimbabawe have been affected by political interests and the conflict between the ruling and opposition parties.

Breaking into tradables: urban form and urban function in a developing city.

Paper considers how cities can be built in a manner which makes it difficult for them to attract tradable production and how a city’s history and expectations can affect its ability to attract production.

From shacks to skyscrapers: Multiple spatial rationalities and urban transformation in Accra, Ghana

Paper explores the claim that market-driven logics increasingly inform the governing of African cities and the struggle over urban space in Accra.