Photography by:
  • Amanda van der Walt

GCRO seeks research intern for QoL survey

  • Jul 2019
  • GCRO

GCRO seeks a motivated research intern with an interest in data collection and analysis to work on the 6th iteration of the Quality of Life survey...

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Quality of Life survey: technical review

  • Jul 2019
  • GCRO

The QoL survey has been conducted every two years since 2009, making 2019 the survey’s 10th anniversary. The GCRO has initiated a 10-year technical review of the QoL survey...

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Urban Gaze winners and exhibition

  • Jun 2019
  • GCRO

Urban Gaze, a project of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), is a documentary photography competition aimed at promoting the work of emerging, Gauteng-based photographers...

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Landscapes of peripheral and displaced urbanisms survey

  • May 2019
  • GCRO

The GCRO’s Landscapes of Peripheral and Displaced Urbanisms fieldwork survey, which forms part of a broader multi-sited research project, was successfully concluded in late April 2019...

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Food security and multi-level governance

  • Apr 2019
  • GCRO

A recent meeting of the Food Governance Community of Practice (CoP), held on 17 April in Gauteng, posed critical questions around the responsibilities associated with food security...

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GCRO Operations & Partnerships Senior Manager

  • Apr 2019
  • GCRO

GCRO wishes to expand its team with a highly skilled and motivated Manager or Senior Manager of Operations and Partnerships who shares GCRO's vision for the Gauteng City-Region...

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Urban Gaze walk

  • Apr 2019
  • GCRO

​On Saturday, 16 March, the Urban Gaze Documentary Photo Competition and Friends of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) jointly hosted two photowalks in Johannesburg and Pretoria...

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Governing for urban inclusion writing workshop

  • Mar 2019
  • GCRO

​From 16-18 January 2019, GCRO co-hosted a writing workshop on the theme 'Governing for Urban Inclusion' in collaboration with a number of international partners...

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Urban Gaze photography competition launched

  • Dec 2018
  • GCRO

The GCRO has launched its second photography competition - Urban Gaze. It is an open call for digital photographs of the Gauteng City-Region. Find out more about this competition and how you can enter.

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GCRO launches 5th Quality of Life Survey (2017/18)

  • Nov 2018
  • GCRO

​On Tuesday, 13 November 2018, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) launched the results of the 5th biennial Quality of Life Survey (2017/18) at a high-profile event...

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GCRO receives award for 'Research in sustainability'

  • Oct 2018
  • GCRO

GCRO's report 'A framework for a green infrastructure planning approach in the Gauteng City-Region' won the 2017/18 AfriSam-SAIA award for 'Research in Sustainability'...

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GCRO at Metropolis Annual Meeting: 26-29 August 2018

  • Aug 2018
  • GCRO

GCRO is proud to be participating in the Metropolis Annual Meeting and showcasing our research to an international audience...

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GCRO develops Gauteng Water Security Plan

  • Jul 2018
  • GCRO

The GCRO was tasked with the development of the Gauteng Water Security Plan and considers how the province’s water is managed and the implications...

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Development infrastructure as a social laboratory

  • Jul 2018
  • GCRO

Ngaka Mosiane's research on Mabopane Station as developmental infrastructure attracts local and international interest...

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GCRO attends MOBILIZE Summit in Dar es Salaam

  • Jul 2018
  • GCRO

From 26-28 June 2018, GCRO Researcher Jesse Harber attended the annual MOBILIZE Summit in Dar es Salaam...

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Thembani Mkhize participates in BIARI at Brown University

  • Jun 2018
  • GCRO

Thembani Mkhize participated in the annual Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) addressing pressing global issues through collaboration across academic...

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GIS Internship Programme

  • Jun 2018
  • GCRO

GCRO wishes to expand its skills base with a highly skilled and motivated GIS intern who shares a commitment to help develop a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous Gauteng City-Region...

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Bidding farewell to Adele Underhay

  • Apr 2018
  • GCRO

On Thursday 19 April, the GCRO gave a warm goodbye to our long-serving senior finance and administration manager, Adele Underhay at a farewell function...

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GCRO learns from Italian city Reggio Emilia

  • Mar 2018
  • GCRO

In February 2018, the GCRO joined a delegation from Gauteng Provincial Government to its counterparts of the Italian region of Emilia Romagna...

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Collaborative student research with Erasmus University

  • Mar 2018
  • GCRO

GCRO researchers, hosted by Prof Wall, head of the Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR) department at IHS, spent a week in Rotterdam giving lectures in late February...

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GCRO visits urban research institutes in Germany

  • Feb 2018
  • GCRO

In February 2018, Dr. Rob Moore visited the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development in Dresden, and the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig...

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Governance and partnerships at World Urban Forum 2018

  • Feb 2018
  • GCRO

The GCRO hosted a session at the World Urban Forum examining the importance of governance and the relationship between the GCRO, as an urban observatory, and Gauteng Provincial Government...

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Strong GCRO representation at the ACC Urban Conference

  • Feb 2018
  • GCRO

​Last week (1-3 February 2018), GCRO made a splash at the ACC International Urban Conference 2018 in Cape Town despite the city's water crisis. GCRO had a delegation of 11 researchers...

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Seminar series: Governing Complex City-Regions

  • Nov 2017
  • GCRO

The GCRO is currently hosting a series of seminar-based discussions on the governance of city-regions, in a partnership with the SARChi in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (SA&CP).

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GCRO hosts CSP & World Bank Urbanisation Review dialogue

  • Nov 2017
  • GCRO

On 8-9 November GCRO hosted the Cities Support Programme (CSP) and World Bank for a policy dialogue on an Urbanisation Review that is currently being conducted for South Africa.

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GCRO at 2017 Seoul Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism

  • Aug 2017
  • GCRO

​GCRO is proud to be participating in the Cities Exhibition at the inaugural 2017 Seoul Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism. The GCRO exhibition, entitled Shifting Borders and Building Bridges,

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GCRO embarks on largest Quality of Life survey to date

  • Aug 2017
  • GCRO

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is partnering with ResearchGo, a University of Johannesburg organisation, to survey over 31 000 randomly selected Gauteng residents

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GCRO profiled ISIbalo CRUISE Urban & Regional Conference

  • Aug 2017
  • GCRO

The 3rd ISIbalo CRUISE Conference took place at STIAS, Stellenbosch, from 3-5 July 2017. The conference brought together researchers from...

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GCRO participates in 12th Metropolis World Congress

  • Jul 2017
  • GCRO

The Metropolis World Congress, held in Montreal, Canada, from 19 – 22 June 2017, brought together the Metropolis network of major cities...

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Alexandra Parker, one of M&G’s 200 Young South Africans 2017

  • Jul 2017
  • GCRO

GCRO researcher Alexandra Parker was named as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2017...

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In photos: GCRO's 'Taking streets seriously' seminar

  • Apr 2017
  • GCRO

In photos: GCRO's seminar on 'Taking streets seriously'

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GCRO hosts Stephen Graham

  • Apr 2017
  • GCRO

From 20-24 March, GCRO hosted Stephen Graham on the Johannesburg leg of his NRF-funded visit to South Africa...

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GCRO participates in ICLEI’s LoCS4AFRICA congress

  • Mar 2017
  • GCRO

From 22-24 March 2017, ICLEI Africa hosted the LoCS4Africa 2017 congress in Ekurhuleni. The congress brought together academics and practitioners from a range of African cities...

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GCRO pays tribute to Ahmed Kathrada

  • Mar 2017
  • GCRO

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Ahmed Kathrada this morning. Uncle Kathy stands in our memory as a undaunted warrior in the struggle for democracy...

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GCRO profiled at the UN World Data Forum in Cape Town

  • Feb 2017
  • GCRO

StatsSA, supported by the UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs Statistics Division, hosted the first UN World Data Forum, in Cape Town in January 2017...

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GCRO presentations at BRICS City Lab in Moscow

  • Jan 2017
  • GCRO

In December 2016 the Government of Moscow hosted the BRICS City Lab on Adaptive and Transformative Governance at the Moscow Metropolitan Governance University...

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Exploring resource futures for sustainable urbanisation

  • Nov 2016
  • GCRO

In furthering GCRO’s ongoing research into metabolic flows and infrastructure transitions, Christina Culwick attended a workshop in Sheffield (UK) ...

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Welcomes and farewells for GCRO

  • Nov 2016
  • GCRO

2016 saw extensive change within GCRO's staff complement. The GCRO team said good bye to a number of staff members and has also welcomed a number of people to the team...

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Ward Profile Viewer relaunched with updated 2015 QoL data

  • Nov 2016
  • GCRO

The recently released ward profile viewer is an innovative application developed to view a wide range of socio-economic indicator-based ward-level data. It offers a comparative spatial view across...

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Shaping informed cities - Habitat III Urban future event

  • Oct 2016
  • GCRO

Urban observatories can play critical roles in decision-making, through providing relevant research and analysis for the successful implementation of New Urban Agenda. These institutions...

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Participate in transport research via your phone

  • Oct 2016
  • GCRO

We want to find out how you move around Gauteng so planners, researchers, and government can better meet your transit needs! With all of the new and old transportation systems...

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Celebrating 100 years of Geography in South Africa

  • Oct 2016
  • GCRO

The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) celebrated a century of Geography in South Africa with a centenary conference held at Stellenbosch University...

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GCRO presents at 2016 RGS-IBG conference in London

  • Sep 2016
  • GCRO

Richard Ballard and Siân Butcher attended the annual conference of the Royal Geographic Society/Institute of British Geographers in London from 30 August to 2 September 2016...

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GCRO researcher presents at HDCA conference in Japan

  • Sep 2016
  • GCRO

GCRO researcher Darlington Mushongera attended the 2016 Human Development Capacity Association (HDCA) conference in Tokyo, Japan. This three day conference took place...

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GCRO Researchers present at the RC21 conference in Mexico

  • Aug 2016
  • GCRO

Two GCRO researchers, Darlington Mushongera and Aidan Mosselson, attended the RC21 Annual Conference in Mexico from 21 to 23 July 2016...

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GCRO presents at WC2 Summer Symposium in Germany

  • Aug 2016
  • GCRO

In the lead up to the 2016 UN Habitat III conference, the WC2 Network (World class universities in world cities) met for the annual Summer Symposium...

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New publications for 2016

  • Aug 2016
  • GCRO

GCRO researchers have been hard at work through the first half of 2016, producing a number of academic papers in international journals, and finalising a range of research reports

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Workshop: Understanding the role of urban developers

  • Aug 2016
  • GCRO

On 25 to 27 July 2016, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, together with the Wits University South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, hosted a series of events...

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GCRO at an international conference on forced migration

  • Aug 2016
  • GCRO

In July 2016, ​Sally Peberdy presented at a conference of the International Association of Forced Migration Studies in Poland, entitled ‘The state, nationhood, belonging, exclusion and business in South Africa’...

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GCRO Quality of Life Survey 2015 Press Release

  • Jun 2016
  • GCRO

A month before the August local government elections, new data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) shows that satisfaction with municipalities in Gauteng has declined very slightly...

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Quality of Life Survey 2015 Infographics

  • Jun 2016
  • GCRO

The GCRO has released ten infographics that each present an important finding in the Quality of Life Survey 2015. The infographics are designed to communicate these findings in an interesting and...

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New Manager/Director position advertised

  • Jun 2016
  • GCRO

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) has grown substantially in recent years, both in size and the strategic scope of its work, and will continue to do so into the future...

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The GCRO is looking for new research staff

  • May 2016
  • GCRO

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a research centre set up in partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits)...

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Movement Johannesburg

  • Nov 2015
  • GCRO

Movement Johannesburg is a new publication that examines the historical and contemporary movements that have and continue to shape Johannesburg. Edited by Zahira Asmal and GCRO...

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Applications Open: Systems Manager/GIS Professional

  • Nov 2015
  • GCRO

A key part of GCRO’s success has been the analysis and visualisation of spatial data. This is reflected in the Analytics, Cartographies and Visualisation research theme, and various outputs such as the...

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Gold mining exploits published in Scenario Journal 5

  • Nov 2015
  • GCRO

Guy Trangoš and Kerry Bobbins have published an article entitled ‘Gold Mining Exploits and the Legacies of Johannesburg’s Mining Landscapes’ in the fifth edition of the...

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GCRO presents to officials in the Indian civil service

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

On 19 October 2015, GCRO hosted 27 senior members of the Indian Administrative Services on an IIHS-organised study tour into urbanisation and governance in South Africa...

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GCRO bids farewell to its founding executive director

  • Oct 2015
  • Chris Wray

As most of our partners and associates are by now aware, the founding executive director of the GCRO, David Everatt, has left the organisation and will now head the School of Governance...

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Formation of The Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA)

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

At the beginning of August 2015, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation brought together over thirty organizations from around the country to discuss the formation…

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A digital urban data gallery for the GCR

  • Oct 2015
  • Chris Wray

GCRO has a range of visualisation outputs including vignettes and map of the months that visualise key trends in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR). These static visualisations are great...

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Kerry Bobbins takes up research stay at DiFU

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

As part of her Green Talents award, researcher Kerry Bobbins took up a fully funded research stay at the German Institute of Urban Affairs (DifU) in Berlin, Germany, during May 2015...

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Smart | City | Region Symposium and Exhibition

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

‘Smart city’ research is a recent academic focus, particularly in relation to cities in the global south. As Gauteng and its municipalities explore advanced technologies in order to streamline…

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New GCRO Website

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

In late 2014 the GCRO identified that a new website would be essential to provide easier and more intuitive access to various outputs and online data websites. After months of design and development...

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Dissatisfaction with the Performance of Government

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

A paper written by GCRO’s Koech Cheruiyot, Chris Wray, and Samy Katumba titled: ‘Spatial Statistical Analysis of Dissatisfaction with the Performance...

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Policy engagements on mega human settlements

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

In July 2014, the national minister of Human Settlements announced a new direction in housing policy, arguing that in order to get back to adequate scale of housing production…

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Re-visiting Africa’s Political Economy Landscape

  • Oct 2015
  • GCRO

Claudious Chikozho presented a paper entitled ‘Re-visiting Africa’s Political Economy Landscape: Comparatively Articulating the National Macro-Economic Policy and Institutional Trajectories...

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Darlington Mushongera at the 2015 HDCA Conference

  • Sep 2015
  • GCRO

GCRO researcher Darlington Mushongera presented a paper at the 2015 Annual Human Development Capabilities Conference in Washington DC at Georgetown University from 10...

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GCRO Internship

  • Sep 2015
  • GCRO

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a research centre set up to build the knowledge base that government, business, labour, civil society and citizens need to develop a competitive, sustainable...

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Guy Trangoš presents at EUGEO conference in Budapest

  • Sep 2015
  • GCRO

​On 1 September 2015, GCRO Researcher Guy Trangoš presented a paper at the fifth biannual EUGEO conference in Budapest, looking at a campaign of 'symbolic appropriation' of space in Johannesburg ...

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Christina Culwick presents at RC21 Conference in Italy

  • Aug 2015
  • GCRO

GCRO researcher Christina Culwick presented a paper - Social justice and sustainability transitions in the GCR - at the RC21 Conference in Urbino, Italy held 27-29 August 2015 ...

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Kerry Bobbins, one of M&G’s Top 200 Young South Africans

  • Aug 2015
  • GCRO

Researcher Kerry Bobbins was selected from 2 000 applicants as one of Africa’s 100 Brightest Minds in 2015 for her commitment toward achieving positive social change...

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2015 Quality of Life Survey now in field

  • Jul 2015
  • GCRO

Every two years since 2009, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory carries out a ‘Quality of Life’ survey. We ask questions about a very wide range of issues affecting us all, from transport to education ...

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GCRO to present at Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

  • Feb 2015
  • GCRO

The GCRO has been invited by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation to discuss the realities of racial division in South Africa at a colloquium entitled "Non-racialism at a dead end?"

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Changing Space, Changing City

  • Jan 2015
  • GCRO

Johannesburg is South Africa’s premier city and is the heart of the Gauteng City-Region that accounts for over one-third of the country’s economic output. Over the past decade or so there has been a growing ...

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Beyond-GDP in Africa: A Regional Dashboard

  • Nov 2014
  • GCRO

Darlington Mushongera, researcher at the GCRO was invited by the Governance Innovation Institute (GovInn) to participate as a speaker in the workshop ‘Beyond-GDP in Africa ...

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Mobility in the GCR report released

  • Nov 2014
  • GCRO

The Mobility in the GCR report was released. News link: http://www.gcro.ac.za/category/report-category/reports

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GCRO researcher wins Green Talent Award

  • Oct 2014
  • GCRO

GCRO researcher Kerry Bobbins was selected from hundreds of applicants as one of 25 winners in the 2014 international Green Talents Competition. The Jury was particularly impressed by...

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GCRO releases first interactive visualisation vignette

  • Oct 2014
  • GCRO

GCRO releases first interactive visualisation vignette: getting to work in the GCR. News link: http://www.gcro.ac.za/interactive-vis/2014/10/transport-work-trips

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QoL 2013 survey launched

  • Oct 2014
  • GCRO

News link: http://www.gcro.ac.za/project/quality-life-survey-3

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Arab Transitions in Comparative Perspective

  • Oct 2014
  • GCRO

Caryn Abrahams, senior researcher at the GCRO has been invited by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies to participate as a speaker in the ...

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GCRO presents at recent RGS-IGB conference in London

  • Aug 2014
  • GCRO

The Annual RGS-IGB (Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers) conference was held in London, from 26-29 August 2014. The conference took place in the historic...

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GCRO to attend IGU conference

  • Aug 2014
  • GCRO

Kerry Bobbins will be attending and presenting at the International Geographers Union (IGU) conference to be held in Poland from 18 – 22 August 2014. The theme of the conference...

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GCRO represented at the GI_Forum in Salzburg

  • Jul 2014
  • GCRO

GI_Forum is an annual conference, held in the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria, which aims to provide a platform for dialogue among technologists and critical thinkers, GIScientists and educationalists...

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GCRO staff attend UN Habitat World Urban Forum

  • Apr 2014
  • GCRO

GCRO Senior Researcher Caryn Abrahams and Researcher Guy Trangos attended the UN Habitat World Urban Forum in Medellin (http://wuf7.unhabitat.org/), Colombia during April 2014.

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Green Infrastructure Citylab launched

  • Jan 2014
  • GCRO

On 23 January 2014, GCRO launched a Green Infrastructure Citylab as part of a project on Green Assets and Infrastructure. The Citylab builds on the foundation laid by the 'State of Green...

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Photo essay: the GCR in a photograph

  • Jan 2014
  • GCRO

Photo essay − "Representations of a fluid spatial identity: the GCR in a photograph". GCRO has released the first in its series of photo-essays. This essay is a critical reflection on...

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The State of the Gauteng City-Region Review 2013

  • Oct 2013
  • GCRO

The State of the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) Review 2013 was launched on 25 October 2013 by Professor David Everatt at the Wits Club. His presentation was followed by a response from...

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Third Quality of Life (QoL) Survey now in field

  • Sep 2013
  • GCRO

Fieldwork for the third Quality of Life survey (QoL III) has begun in earnest. The first QoL survey, a 6 600 sample survey to measure the quality of life, socio-economic circumstances...

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State of Green Infrastructure report launched

  • Jul 2013
  • GCRO

On July 29th, the GCRO launched the State of Green Infrastructure in the Gauteng City-Region report. The launch took place at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture (FADA) gallery at the...

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GCRO appoints five new research staff

  • Apr 2013
  • GCRO

GCRO’s research capacity has been expanded with the appointment of 5 new research staff: Christina Culwick, Dr. Koech Cheruiyot, Guy Trangoš, Kerry Bobbins and Potsiso Phasha.

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'Portraits of a City Region' Photographic Exhibition

  • Apr 2013
  • GCRO

On Wednesday 17 April the GCRO launched the exhibition ‘Portraits of a City-Region’ and announced the winners of the GCRO photo competition held in February/March 2013.

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GCRO launches GCR photo competition

  • Jan 2013
  • GCRO

Entrants stand a chance to win great prizes including cash to the the value of R15 000! Selected entries will also be exhibited at FADA Gallery, UJ.

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Census 2011 Results Released

  • Oct 2012
  • GCRO

The key findings from Statistics South Africa's National Census for Gauteng, released by Statistics SA on 30 October 2012, are summarized in a Data Brief, produced by the GCRO.

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Graduation of first joint-supervised student: UJ/GCRO

  • Oct 2012
  • GCRO

On 4 October, Adeline Ngie graduated with a MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Her dissertation is entitled “A GIS Approach for Flood Vulnerability...

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GCRO launches 2011 'Quality of Life' survey

  • Jul 2012
  • GCRO

“Gauteng has fared extremely well during the last two years of global economic recession,and overall quality of life has risen very slightly to 6,25 (out of 10) for the province as a whole”...

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Launch of Quality of Life Survey viewer

  • Jul 2012
  • GCRO

The Quality of Life (QoL) Survey Viewer has been developed to provide online access to the 2009 and 2011 QoL data.

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GCRO presents at international political science congress

  • Jul 2012
  • GCRO

Recently Annsilla travelled to Spain in order to present a paper at the International Political Science Association (IPSA) conference ‘Reshaping Power: Shifting Boundaries’ 22nd World Congress.

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GCRO to present at the XXII IPSA conference

  • Jul 2012
  • GCRO

On 09 July 2012 Annsilla Nyar will be presenting a paper at the XXIInd World Congress of Political Science of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). She is part of a panel on...

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GCRO appoints 3 interns

  • Jun 2012
  • GCRO

​GCRO has appointed three interns for one year each, starting on 1 June 2012. The purpose of the internships is to provide post-graduates with the opportunity to gain meaningful workplace...

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Wits’ new art museum adds vibe to the inner city

  • May 2012
  • GCRO

​In another nod to inner city development Wits launched its art museum with much aplomb on Thursday 10 May 2012. The launch was attended by a colourful mix of artists, art-lovers...

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GCRO image gallery launched

  • Apr 2012
  • GCRO

GCRO has been building up a collection of images that reflect the varied nature of the Gauteng City-Region. A selection of these images are now available for viewing on image gallery...

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Call for papers: Sport and the City

  • Apr 2012
  • GCRO

The School of Architecture and Planning, at the University of the Witwatersrand, together with our partners, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) and the Johannesburg Development...

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GCRO discusses impact of the World Cup

  • Mar 2012
  • GCRO

​GCRO recently co-hosted the Sport and the City Conference with the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Johannesburg Development...

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GCRO is offering two one-year internships

  • Feb 2012
  • GCRO

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a research centre set up in partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg...

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GIS website updated and 50 priority wards theme launched

  • Jan 2012
  • GCRO

Visit our upgraded GIS website featuring new tools (such as load your own data) and new data themes such as the 50 priority wards.

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GCRO welcomes new senior researcher

  • Jan 2012
  • GCRO

GCRO is excited to welcome Dr Sally Peberdy, who joins GCRO from the University of the Western Cape, where she taught urban geography. Sally has extensive experience in research...

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Launch of the OECD Territorial Review of the GCR

  • Nov 2011
  • GCRO

In mid-2009, the Premier’s Office in the Gauteng Provincial Government commissioned the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to undertake a...

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Low income human settlements on dolomite

  • Nov 2011
  • GCRO

​GCRO hosted this Policy Workshop on 22 November. Approximately 60 attendees from a range of disciplines discussed concerns, and potential solutions, around the building of settlements...

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Launch of the 2011 State of the GCR

  • Oct 2011
  • GCRO

The 2011 State of the GCR was launched on 17 October, 2011.

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Non-Racialism in Post-Apartheid South Africa

  • Oct 2011
  • GCRO

Ahmed Kathrada opens the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation's two-day conference on non-racialism - "From words to action: the challenges of deepening non-racialism in post-apartheid South Africa"

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Energy and Climate Protection Conference

  • Oct 2011
  • GCRO

Josephine attended the “Energy and Climate Protection Conference” on 5 October 2011 at Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg. The conference was co-hosted by Gauteng Department of...

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GCRO staff attain higher degrees!

  • Sep 2011
  • GCRO

Josephine Musango has complied with the requirements of a PhD degree (in Sustainable Development) at the School of Public Leadership at the Stellenbosch University, which will be conferred...

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GCRO hosts Ricky Burdett

  • Sep 2011
  • GCRO

On 19 and 20 September 2011, GCRO hosted Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme...

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Wits marches in support of the Dalai Lama

  • Sep 2011
  • GCRO

Prof David Everatt and GCRO board member, Prof Helen Laburn, Deputy Vice Chancellor, join a public march to protest against the Dalai Lama not being allowed entry to South Africa.

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GCRO and GPG DED host workshop Phase II

  • May 2011
  • GCRO

Over the last 6 months, GCRO has been supporting the Gauteng Provincial Government to develop a Green Strategic Programme for the province. On 20 May 2011, GCRO and the Gauteng...

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GCRO to attend Workshop at the Sustainability Institute

  • Mar 2011
  • GCRO

Between 30 March and 1 April 2011, five members of the GCRO team will be attending a workshop on Sustainable Urban Transitions and Governance at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch.

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GCRO to attend OECD conference Higher Education

  • Feb 2011
  • GCRO

​Annsilla Nyar will be attending the OECD conference Higher Education in Cities and Regions - For Stronger, Cleaner and Fairer Regions, to be held at the University of Seville in Seville, Spain...

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GCRO Xenophobia research in the journal Politikon

  • Feb 2011
  • GCRO

Some exciting news is that the civil society and xenophobia research that GCRO was involved with in 2010, now forms a special edition of the journal Politikon: the South African Journal of Political Studies.

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Workshop on the ‘Green Economy’

  • Jan 2011
  • GCRO

Over the last few years the idea of a ‘Green Economy’ has begun to feature prominently in political statements, as well as policy and strategy commitments. In January 2011, the Central Strategy Unit at the...

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GCRO looking for 2 Senior researchers

  • Dec 2010
  • GCRO

GCRO is seeking to appoint up to two senior researchers, depending on the quality of applicants. With a PhD-level qualification, or a Masters and considerable experience, combined with expertise in...

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2009 QoL survey complete

  • Dec 2010
  • GCRO

The GCRO 2009 Quality of Life/ Customer satisfaction survey was completed towards the end of 2009, with a final sample of 6636 respondents across the GCR.

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GCRO website relaunched

  • Dec 2010
  • GCRO

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) website has been completely redesigned and relaunched on 5 February 2010. The new website details the GCRO and its role and mandate...

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The Oxford 2010 Ngo Future of Work Prize

  • Sep 2010
  • GCRO

​GCRO Senior Researcher, Sizwe Timothy Phakathi, has received the Oxford 2010 Ngo Future of Work Prize for his research paper (drawn from his PhD thesis): Getting on and getting by: the gold miners’ informal...

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GCRO GIS website launched on 1 September 2010

  • Sep 2010
  • GCRO

The GCRO GIS Interactive website was formally launched on 1 September 2010. The GIS website was developed as an interactive tool to assist both local and provincial governments...

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Xenophobia reports released

  • Jul 2010
  • GCRO

This comprehensive 500-page report, coordinated by Strategy & Tactics, was written by some of South Africa's leading social and political scientists as well as civil society activists. The report analyses...

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GCRO to present at Ahmed Kathrada Workshop

  • Feb 2010
  • GCRO

Prof David Everatt has been invited to present at the Ahmed Kathrada workshop on deepening non-racialism. The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation was established...

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Update from the GCRO Executive Director

  • Feb 2010
  • GCRO

Prof David Everatt will over the course of the next few months, be presenting: a seminar on nonracialism in South Africa: history and prospects, at P&DM, May 5th...

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Maryna Storie sworn in as a National Councillor of DMISA

  • Jan 2009
  • GCRO

Maryna Storie has recently been sworn in as a National Councillor of the Disaster Management Institute of South Africa (DMISA), and is due to serve for a two-year period...

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GCRO releases results of 2009 Quality of Life Survey

  • Jan 2009
  • GCRO

A joint press conference was held by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) and Gauteng Provincial Government, Office of the Premier, on 27 May 2010, to release the results of the 2009 Quality of Life...

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