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Westminster academics to conduct fieldwork in South Africa in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Planning, Housing and Urban Design 15 March 2017

Dr Maria Christina Georgiadou, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Property and Construction, together with Dr Isis Nunez Ferrera and Ben Fagan Watson from the University’s Policy Studies Institute, will be part of an international team flying to South Africa for a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

The aim of the ISULabaNtu project will be to support local communities who struggle with poor housing, limited services and environmental hazards, by strengthening their capacity to guide urban development themselves.

Focused on the Durban Metropolitan Area in South Africa, the project will consist of two weeks of fieldwork followed by research and capacity building activities with non-governmental organisations, communities and academic partners at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Findings will then be compared with research from other African cities to discuss how they can be implemented on a global scale.

These activities are expected to establish partnerships with local businesses, policy makers and academics and to generate research with wider relevance for cities in South Africa and other countries, facing similar challenges.

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Cover photo (left to right): Martin Ball (Principal Lecturer, University of Westminster); Dr Claudia Loggia (Royal Society Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal), Dr Maria Christina Georgiadou (Senior Lecturer, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster); Rob Garvey (Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster) at their first Training and Stakeholder Engagement Workshop on informal settlements upgrading in Durban, South Africa.

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