Edgar Pieterse


Edgar is an urban scholar, writer and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of policy discourses and interventions to make Southern cities more just, open and vibrant. He holds the DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town and is director of the African Centre for Cities. Formerly a special policy advisor to the premier of the Western Cape, he is the author of City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (2008), and co-editor of: African Cities Reader III: Land, Property & Value (Chimurenga, 2015); Africa’s Urban Revolution (Zed, 2014) and Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (Jacana, 2013). Since 2010, Edgar is co-founder on the international magazine dedicated to emergent urbanisms in the global South called CityScapes. He is a member of the Research Advisory Committees of: the Gauteng City-region Observatory, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and LSE Cities. He has recently been appointed as co-lead author of the Urban Chapter for the International Panel on Social Progress. More info at: