Prof Edgar Pieterse
Director, African Centre for Cities
Professor Edgar Pieterse is founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. His research and teaching gravitate around urban development politics, everyday culture, publics, radical social economies, responsive design and adaptive governance systems. He publishes different kinds of text, curates’ exhibitions and difficult conversations about pressing urban problems. He is consulting editor for Cityscapes—an international occasional magazine on urbanism in the global South. His books, City Futures (Zed, 2008) and New Urban Worlds (Polity, 2017) are regarded as key reference points for both theoretical and applied discourses on cities in Africa and the global South more broadly. Between the appearance of these two books, he co-edited a further six books during the last decade, dealing with a wide-ranging set of topics related to contemporary urbanism and place-making.