Established in 2008 and rooted at the University of Cape Town, the African Centre for Cities (ACC) is one of the leading knowledge centres conducting meaningful research on how to understand, recast and address pressing urban crises, particularly on the African continent.

Since most urban challenges - food security, climate change adaptation, economic inclusion, cultural vitality and tolerance—are inherently interdisciplinary and spatially layered, ACC nurtures the co-production of knowledge between academia and other social sectors.

Furthermore, research gets designed with multiple publics in mind and a concern with continuously enriching curriculum, developing imaginative policy as well as public discourses and practices to promote vibrant, just and sustainable cities.