University of Cape Town

Edgar Pieterse


An expert on African urbanisation, Edgar Pieterse, director at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, knows what radical and rapid urban change means for a city, a country and a continent. His research takes a multi-faceted approach in analysing slums and the underlying systems that perpetuate poverty, while at the same time reimagining models of cities that can support 10+ million people in humane conditions. Pieterse’s work paves the way for a world that is radically urbanising and in dire need of new policy and planning approaches to tackle inequality and exclusion and shape the cities of the future.

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