African Centre For Cities Peak Urban Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The African Centre for Cities invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship to support research associated with the PEAK Urban project. The successful candidate will become part of a new global cohort of urban researchers as part of the PEAK Urban project. The ideal candidate will have expertise in urban studies debates, a firm grounding in social science methods, a keen interest in conceptualising and understanding urbanism from a Southern perspective, and a demonstrated ability to engage with comparative and multi-scalar research.

To further their professional development, successful candidates will be required to participate in, and support the implementation of, international annual summer schools as part of the PEAK Urban project to occur at one of the PEAK Urban partner sites (South Africa, China, the UK, Colombia or India). The successful candidate will also participate in various other departmental activities.

An opportunity to take part in a three-month internship at another PEAK Urban site at some point during the length of the fellowship is also a possibility, dependent on agreement with other PEAK Urban partners and approval by ACC.

Infrastructure/Human Settlements

This postdoctoral fellowship will focus on the intersections between the built environment of the city and urban institutions in Cape Town. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to undertake original and creative research on one or more of the following themes with regard to how institutions shape the materiality of the city:

  • Infrastructure (energy, mobility, water, sanitation, waste, etc.)
  • Housing/human settlements
  • Urban planning/ spatial form and structure
  • The potential areas of work on institutions shaping the city could include: urban governance, urban politics and institution building.

In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be required to track contemporary trends in Cape Town’s infrastructure and human settlements, for example, basic fiscal data, delivery information, and policy changes. The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to participate in the work of ACC’s research cluster of urban infrastructure and human settlements.

Closing date for applications: 12:00pm, (UTC +2), 9 March 2018

For more information about the post and how to apply, visit the ACC website.

Urban Governance

We seek to engage a scholar who will be able to complement and expand ACC’s research thematics in Cape Town and other South African cities, and who will be able to examine and conceptualise the relationship between urban, national and international scales of governance. The successful candidate should also have research interest in understanding how different contemporary political and wider urban governance dynamics in Cape Town relate to each other and to past processes.

Closing date for applications: 12:00pm (UTC +2), 23 February 2018

For more information about the post and how to apply, visit the ACC website.