ACC Team

Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker is the Acting Director of the African Centre for Cities. He has extensive experience working to understand and address inequality in a variety of forms across Africa, exploring how social markers such as race, sexuality and gender relate to the urban environment. This work has also examined how such relationships must be taken into account in health programmes, with a particular focus on HIV prevention, treatment and care.

Research projects: Assessing SDG localization in Cape Town and Health and sexuality in Cape Town

Susan Parnell

Susan Parnell

Susan Parnell is an urban geographer at ACC and holds a Chair in Human Geography at the University of Bristol. Her research is focussed on contemporary urban policy research, including local government, poverty reduction and urban environmental justice.

Research projects: Assessing SDG localization in Cape Town and National Urban Reform in South Africa, c. 1902 to 2018

Edgar Pieterse

Edgar Pieterse

Edgar is founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC), an interdisciplinary research and teaching programme focused on quality scholarship regarding the dynamics of unsustainable urbanisation processes in Africa, with an eye on identifying systemic responses. His research and teaching gravitates around sustainable urban development politics, everyday culture, publics, responsive design and adaptive governance systems.

Warren Smit

Warren Smit

Warren Smit is the Research Manager for ACC and Director of the Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town Local Interaction Platform. His research interests include urban governance, urban planning, housing and urban health.

Research projects: Intersectoral policy approaches for improving urban health through the built environment and Analysing human settlements transformation in Cape Town

Researchers

Liza Cirolia is a researcher at the African Centre for Cities. Her work is largely focused on the social, political, technical and institutional dimensions of sustainable human settlements and urban infrastructure in African cities. Research project: Analysing human settlements transformation in Cape Town 

Sylvia Croese is an urban sociologist and the PEAK Urban Research Officer at the African Centre for Cities. Her current research focuses on the governance, localisation and implementation of global urban development policy, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals, and its interface with urban research. Research project: Assessing SDG localization in Cape Town

James Duminy has a background in science, urban planning and urban history, and is interested in the historical emergence of contemporary problems, ideas and practices of governance. His research examines the historical and contemporary interface between scientific knowledge, urban policymaking and urban governance in Cape Town and South Africa. Research project: National Urban Reform in South Africa, c. 1902 to 2018.

Neil Hassan is a Junior Research Fellow at University of Cape Town and is completing a PhD in psychology at Stellenbosch University. He assists a Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (CHVI) team in Social and Behavioural Research on HIV vaccines in South Africa, and freelances as a content writer for a travel and tourism website. Research project: Health and sexuality in Cape Town

Nobukhosi Ngwenya is an Urban Planner and Development Practitioner, pursuing a PhD on informal settlements. Previous experience includes co-founder of One Young World, lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning and media work at Bush Radio in Cape Town. Research project: Analysing human settlements transformation in Cape Town

Amy Weimann is a Junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the School of Public Health & Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Her research focus is on intersectoral approaches to addressing urban health challenges, particularly in the context of housing and informal settlements. Research project: Intersectoral policy approaches for improving urban health through the built environment