GCRO at the 2020 Southern Africa City Studies Conference

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  • Date of publication: 17 August 2020

The GCRO is co-hosting the 2020 Southern Africa City Studies Conference online at the end of August, along with the Centre for Urbanism & Built Environment Studies (CUBES) and the NRF Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, both at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

The 2020 conference is the fifth event in this series, following earlier conferences in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016. These conferences are interdisciplinary forums for urban scholars and are hosted by a network of South African urban research units.

The full programme can be viewed here.

Several GCRO researchers are presenting as well as hosting themed sessions and panel discussions. The following is a brief overview of GCRO’s presentations at the conference:

  1. PANEL. Covid-19: Reshaping Gauteng and its Governance?

Monday 31 August: 11h30 – 13h30 [Venue B]

2. PAPER SESSION. Economic Growth and Decline

Monday 31 August: 14h00 – 16h00 [Venue A]

  • Interrogating The Township Economies Concept in The GCR Context - Mamokete Matjomane

3. PAPER SESSION. Climate and Environment: Urban Metabolism

Thursday 3 September: 09h00 – 11h00 [Venue A]

  • Governing Resource Flows in the Gauteng City-Region - Alexis Schäffler-Thomson (Pegasys); Graeme Gotz

4. THEMED SESSION. Measuring Quality of Life in Gauteng, South Africa: The Gauteng City-Region Observatory's Quality of Life Survey I

Thursday 3 September: 09h00 – 11h00 [Venue B]

  • The Gauteng City-Region Observatory’s Quality of Life Survey: Contextual Factors Impacting Collection of Household Survey Data - Julia de Kadt; Graeme Gotz
  • Assessing Consistency Over Time for a Quality of Life Index for Gauteng Province (South Africa) Using Multiple-Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis - Samy Katumba
  • Understanding and Enhancing the Use of Quality of Life Survey Data in Gauteng, South Africa - Sthembiso Pollen Mkhize; Julia de Kadt; Alexandra Parker
  • Using QoL Data to Respond to the COVID Pandemic in Gauteng - Gillian Maree; Christina Culwick; Julia de Kadt; Graeme Gotz; Christian Hamann; Samy Katumba; Samkelisiwe Khanyile; Sandiswa Mapakuta; Rob Moore; Darlington Mushongera; Yashena Naidoo; Alexandra Parker

5. THEMED SESSION. Measuring Quality of Life in Gauteng, South Africa: The Gauteng City-Region Observatory's Quality of Life Survey II

Thursday 3 September: 11h30 – 13h30 [Venue B]

  • Taking the Capabilities Approach Seriously: An Analysis of Well-Being in Gauteng Province - Darlington Mushongera; Prudence Magejo; Miracle Ntuli (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Spouse in the House: Household Structures and Roles, Gender, and Quality of Life in The Gauteng City-Region, South Africa - Alexandra Parker
  • Quality of Life Differences Within and Between “Townships” in Gauteng, South Africa - Christian Hamann
  • Measuring Peripherality through the Quality of Life Data - Ngaka Mosiane
  • Quality of Life in Africa: Do We Know, and Do We Care? - Niké Jacobs (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, North West University)

6. ROUNDTABLE. Just and Sustainable Government Housing

Thursday 3 September: 11h30 – 13h30 [Venue C]

Christina Culwick

7. PAPER SESSION. Street Trading

Friday 4 September: 11h30 – 13h30 [Venue A]

  • Acting Like the State: Leaders’ Participation in Street Trade Management in Gauteng - Mamokete Matjomane

8. THEMED SESSION. Navigating African Cities: Gender, Identity and Mobility

Friday 4 September: 14h00 – 16h00 [Venue A]

  • Intersections in Gender Roles, Spatial Location and Transit Provision - Alexandra Parker; Margot Rubin (School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand)

Abstracts for all these sessions can be viewed here.

We look forward to seeing you online at the conference!


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