Publications: Book Chapters

Poverty and “The City”

Susan Parnell

2015, In Charlotte Lemanski and Colin Marx (eds.), The City in Urban Poverty (London: Palgrave Macmillan). Abstract The twenty-first century is the first truly urban epoch. However, the well-circulated graphs that reveal the inexorable urban transition of past and future decades are only part of the story. Accompanying the headline demographic message, that this is…


Edgar Pieterse

2015, In Ronan Paddison and Tom Hutton (eds.), Cities and Economic Change: Restructuring and Dislocation in the Global Metropolis (Los Angeles: Sage).


Edgar Pieterse

2015. In R. Paddison and T. Hutton (eds.), Cities and Economic Change: Restructuring and Dislocation in the Global Metropolis (Los Angeles: Sage). Cities and Economic change is a much-needed textbook, combining a sound theoretical grounding with an empirical overview of the urban economy. Specific references are made to key emergent processes and debates including splintered labour markets,…

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…

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…

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…

A Political Ecology Approach to Industrial Food Production

Tony Weis

2015. In Mustafa Koç, ‎Jennifer Sumner and ‎Tony Winson (eds.), Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, 2nd edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press). pp. 104-121 This chapter has examined the hidden environmental costs of cheap food by focusing on the industrial grain-oilseed-livestock complex, the productive foundation of the food system in the United States, Canada, and other temperate countries.…

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…