Publications: Book Chapters

The Philippi Fresh Produce Market: Misunderstood Development?

Gareth Haysom

2015, In Mercy Brown-Luthango (ed.), State/Society Synergy in Philippi, Cape Town (Cape Town: African Centre for Cities) & Mercy Brown-Luthango (ed.), Local Development in Poor, Marginalised Areas in Cities of the South (Cape Town: ACC).

Food Security Amongst Urban Households

Jane Battersby

2015. In S. Fukudu-Parr and V. Taylor (eds.), Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives (Cape Town: UCT Press), pp. 97-119. The right to food is guaranteed in South Africa’s Constitution as it is in international law. Yet food insecurity remains widespread and persistent, at levels much higher than in countries with similar…

Food Security as a Lens on the Lived Experience of Poverty in Philippi

Jane Battersby

2015. In M. Brown-Luthango (ed.), State/Society Synergy in Philippi (Cape Town: African Centre for Cities), pp. 94-117. A city is what it eats. Food is central to the health, culture, economy and experience of urban areas and their citizens. And yet, this vital lens to understand our cities is often neglected. This chapter draws on the data set generated from the…

Goal 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable

Susan Parnell

2015. In ICSU, ISSC Review of the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective (Paris: International Council for Science),  pp. 53-57. Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way…

Reaching for Adaptive Urbanism

Edgar Pieterse

2015. In J. Holm and M. Kallehauge (eds.), Africa. Architecture. Culture. Identity (Louisiana: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art). Through a number of projects spread over the African continent the exhibition tells a story of the new architecture of different regions – with its various proposals for accommodating local traditions, strengthen the existing ones and create solutions for the future. The…

Gendering Urban Food Systems Across Multiple Scales

Liam Riley and Alice Hovorka

2015. In H. De Zeeuw and P. Drechsel (eds.), Cities and Agriculture: Developing Resilient Urban Food Systems (London: Routledge), pp. 336-357. As people increasingly migrate to urban settings and more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, it is vital to plan and provide for sustainable and resilient food systems which reflect this…

Africa’s Urban Imperative

Edgar Pieterse

2015. In M. Provoost (ed.), Cape Town: Densification as a Cure for a Segregated City (Rotterdam: International New Town Institute). Twenty years after democracy, Cape Town suffers from extensive urban sprawl, due to the legacy of the Apartheid spatial policy and the middle class ideal of single-family homes on individual plots of land. Sprawl is causing…

Institutions, Decentralisation and Urban Development

Edgar Pieterse and Warren Smit

2014. In S. Kayizzi-Mugerwa, A. Shimeles and D. Yeméogo (eds.), Urbanization and Socio-Economic Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (New York and London: Routledge). The main goal of this book is to put urbanization and its challenges squarely on Africa’s development agenda. Planned urbanization can improve living conditions for the majority, help in the expansion of…

Pushing Against the Frontiers of Urban Studies in (South) Africa

Edgar Pieterse

2014, In Alexis Kalagas (ed.) Slumlab: Made in Africa (Zurich: ETH University).

Citizenship, Design Activism and Informal Settlements Upgrading

Edgar Pieterse & Mirjam van Donk

2014, In SACN, From Housing to Human Settlements: Perspectives on South African Cities (Johannesburg: South African Cities Network). This chapter sets out ways in which to think about the role of design in relation to informal settlement upgrading and how it can bolster active citizenship. it explores the inter-connections and overlaps between three discourses/practices: participatory…