Conference: The Everyday City (Helsinki, Finland, 25-26 April 2019)

I am in Helsinki, where I have just attended a two-day urban research conference, organised by the Finnish Urban Planning Society around the theme “The Everyday City”. Participants, ranging from philosophers to urban economists, contemplated the impact of different plans, laws, policies and technologies on the structure of everyday urban lives.

Urban Law Day (Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 March 2019)

On the joint behalf of the Urban Legislation Unit at UN Habitat, the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and IRGLUS, I organised an “Urban Law Day” at Wits in Johannesburg, on 29 March 2019. Following UN Habitat’s 1-day conference format for its Urban Law Day series, and the first of the … More Urban Law Day (Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 March 2019)

Conference: Sustainable Development in the Urban Age (Potchefstroom, South Africa, 7-8 March 2019)

I have just returned from Potchefstroom, where I participated in an international conference on “Sustainable Development in the Urban Age”. The event, co-hosted by the Konrad Adenhauer Stifftung, NWU, the NRF chair on Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES) and the Freie Universitat, Berlin, coincided with CLES’s official launch, which I attended as a fellow … More Conference: Sustainable Development in the Urban Age (Potchefstroom, South Africa, 7-8 March 2019)

Faces of the City Seminar: Urban Autonomy in South African Intergovernmental Relations Jurisprudence

I gave a talk entitled “Urban Autonomy in South African Intergovernmental Relations Jurisprudence: Are Cities Making the Most of their Legal powers?” at the faces of the City seminar series hosted by the Centre for Built Environment Studies (CUBES),the SARCHI chair on Spatial Analysis and City Planning and the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO), at … More Faces of the City Seminar: Urban Autonomy in South African Intergovernmental Relations Jurisprudence

Roundtable: Perspectives on Energy Security and Resource Governance in South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 February 2019)

I participated today in this roundtable on energy security and resource governance, hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung at their Johannesburg offices. Other participants included academics from Wits and NWU, researchers at the CSIR, KAS staff and policy researchers in local government. Topics included the convoluted accountability structures around energy provision in South Africa, the … More Roundtable: Perspectives on Energy Security and Resource Governance in South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 February 2019)