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Research Initiatives

Find here initiatives, publications, projects, events, etc. that inspire the Unruly project. 

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Research-action centre

Dedicated to connecting, sharing, and advancing knowledge, and growing expertise related to African public space. The Centre on African Public Spaces (CAPS) is a home and a resource hub for public space advocates, urban practitioners, community groups, spatial justice activists and scholars dedicated to connecting, sharing, and advancing knowledge, and growing expertise related to African public space.

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International organisation - Research centre

Africapolis contributes to the New Urban Agenda in Africa and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 to “make cities and human settlement inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” by providing policy makers and researchers with a unique insight into the African urban landscape and a strong basis for the analyses and strategies needed to support sustainable and co-ordinated urban development.

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Research centre

The African Urban Research Initiative (AURI) is a pan African interdisciplinary and applied urban research network. Our membership is comprised of universities, think tanks, research institutions and practitioner agencies concerned with urbanisation and its impacts across scales on the African continent.

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Research pool

Urban Hub is a competence center for the study of cities and urban societies ttached to the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Geneva. It brings together experts whose research and teaching focus on the worlds of the urban, at the crossroads of disciplines such as geography, political science, sociology and political economy

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Research centre

ACC is an interdisciplinary hub at the University of Cape Town with a mandate to conduct meaningful research on how to understand, recast and address pressing urban crises. Since most urban challenges—for example, food security, climate change adaptation, economic inclusion, cultural vitality and tolerance—are inherently interdisciplinary and spatially layered, ACC nurtures the co-production of knowledge between academia and other social sectors.

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Research pool

The Geneva Africa Lab is a center of competence and research attached to the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. It brings together experts working on African societies and issues concerning the African continent, from disciplines such as political science, geography, history, anthropology, archaeology, law, sociology and many others.

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Research centre

The Urban Ethnography Lab builds institutional links between departments and scholars that are interested in fostering an international and interdisciplinary network of labs dedicated to spreading the value of ethnographic and qualitative urban research. The long-term objectives have been identified as to:

  1. Enhance ethnographic research methods at the intersection of urban anthropology, human geography and design.

  2. Create opportunities for research on urban comparisons,

  3. Promote the creation of a research network by facilitating the exchange of students and researchers internationally.

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Research pool

Maintenance Corner for Southern Urban Practitioners is designed to nurture and expand the ongoing discourse on Southern Urbanism, with a particular emphasis on the dimensions of ‘practice.’

The Maintenance Corner is an ongoing endeavour and will be updated and resourced as those involved continue our practice journeys through ideas of Southern Urbanism and action.

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