Fellow of the South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability

From January 2019 I will be a fellow of the South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability at NorthWest University (NWU) Potchefstroom. The chair is held by prof. Anél Du Plessis in the NWU Faculty of Law. As its name suggests, the Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES) will be … More Fellow of the South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability

Roundtable: Reflecting on 20 years of the White Paper on Local Government (Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 November 2018)

With prof. Anél Du Plessis (SARChI chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability at NorthWest University, Potchefstroom), I organised an inter-disciplinary roundtable jointly hosted by the Wits School of Law and the University of North-West (Potchefstroom) Faculty of Law, on Friday 9 November 2018. The purpose of the event was to reflect on legal, policy … More Roundtable: Reflecting on 20 years of the White Paper on Local Government (Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 November 2018)

“Spaces and Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies” (Heidelberg, Germany, 25-26 October 2018)

I attended and presented a paper at the ninth international conference on urban and extra-urban studies, organised by the Spaces & Flows interdisciplinary research network, at Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany on 25-26 October 2018. More than 120 delegates from 28 countries attended the conference, which focused on urban mobilities in the global north and … More “Spaces and Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies” (Heidelberg, Germany, 25-26 October 2018)

Publication: “A Year of Living Dangerously: Urban Assertiveness, Cooperative Governance and the First Year of Three Coalition-Led Metropolitan Municipalities in South Africa”

My article “A Year of Living Dangerously: Urban Assertiveness, Cooperative Governance and the First Year of Three Coalition-Led Metropolitan Municipalities in South Africa” has just appeared online in Politikon, a highly-acclaimed South African journal of political studies. The article assesses instances of urban assertiveness in a political context of “vertically divided authority”, in three South African … More Publication: “A Year of Living Dangerously: Urban Assertiveness, Cooperative Governance and the First Year of Three Coalition-Led Metropolitan Municipalities in South Africa”

Legislative Review Panel: National Department of Human Settlements (South Africa)

I have been selected as a member of a legislative review panel under the South African National Department of Human Settlements. The panel will assist the Department with reviewing its legislative and policy framework for compliance with, inter alia, the New Urban Agenda, SDG11, the South African Integrated Urban Development Framework and constitutional jurisprudence, on … More Legislative Review Panel: National Department of Human Settlements (South Africa)

Workshop and talk: Urban Futures Centre (Durban, South Africa, 15 August 2018)

I spent the day at the amazing Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology. In the morning, I was the guest at an informal workshop with various project staff, discussing legal dimensions of their work in housing, human settlements and urban futures. In the afternoon, I presented a talk entitled “An anatomy and … More Workshop and talk: Urban Futures Centre (Durban, South Africa, 15 August 2018)