Vanessa Watson

Professor of City Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Vanessa Watson

Future African cities: who will benefit from the new urban fantasy plans?

Vanessa Watson is a professor of city planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). She holds degrees from the Universities of Natal, Cape Town and the Architectural Association of London, and a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is a founder and on the board of the African Centre for Cities at UCT.

Her research over the last 30 years has focused on urban planning in the global South and the effects of inappropriate planning practices and theories, especially in Africa. She is PI on an ESRC project on urban food security. Her work seeks to unsettle the geopolitics of knowledge production in planning by providing alternative theoretical perspectives from the global South. She was the lead consultant for UN Habitat’s 2009 Global Report on Planning Sustainable Cities and served on the global reports Advisory Board.

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