This semester Urban Sessions is exploring the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities- for better or for worse, domestically and abroad. This week’s conversation will include insights from Susan Parnell, a researcher and professor with the African Center for Cities at the University of Cape Town.
Susan Parnell’s early academic research was in the area of urban historical geography and focussed on the rise of racial residential segregation and the impact of colonialism on urbanisation and town planning in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1994 and democracy in South Africa her work has shifted to contemporary urban policy research (local government, poverty reduction and urban environmental justice). By its nature this research is not been purely academic, but has involved liasing with local and national government and international donors. Sue is also on the boards of several local NGOs concerned with poverty alleviation, sustainability and gender equity in post-apartheid South Africa. She serves on a number of national and international advisory research panels relating to urban reconstruction.
For more information on her writings and published work see her profile at ACC here.
We will be meeting from 1pm-3pm at 65 West 11th Street, Room 263. As always, food will be available. Bring your own coffee, insights, and questions.
See you then!