Sustainable Cities (Co-Convenor with Mark Swilling)
Professor Edgar Pieterse Edgar Pieterse is holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town. The ACC is fast emerging as the preeminent urban research centre on the African continent. He previously served as Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape Provincial Government in South Africa and directed a number of urban policy think tanks before his stint in government.
His most recent book is: City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (Zed Books, 2008). He has also edited or co-edited the following recent works: African Cities Reader II: Mobility & Fixtures (Chimurenga, 2011); Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town region (Jacana, 2010); African Cities Reader: Pan-African Practices (Chimurenga, 2010); Consolidating Developmental Local Government (UCT Press, 2008) and a notable earlier book: Voices of the Transition: The Politics, Poetics and Practices of Development in South Africa (Heinemann Publishers, 2004). He is also founding co-editor of a new urban magazine—CityScapes—focussed on urbanism in the global South.
Edgar’s research stems from the boderzone between geography, planning and cultural studies with a strong orientation towards political philosophy. As a result his research is wide-ranging covering themes such as: African urbanism, cultural planning, regional development, governance, sustainble infrastructure transitions, and macro development issues.
He is a founder member of Isandla Institute, serves on the Boards of Magnet Theatre, the Sustainability Institute and the Open Society Foundation of South Africa; and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Gauteng City-region Observatory, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LSE Cities, and the Low Carbon Mobility Stakeholder Board of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford. He regularly provides advisory services to international development agencies such as: UN-Habitat, African Development Bank, DBSA, National Planning Commission, OECD urban division, UNEP, amongst others. He also serves as a Faculty Member of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
Edgar holds a PhD from London School of Economics, an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, The Netherlands) and BA-Honours from the University of the Western Cape. More info is available at: www.africancentreforcities.net