GCRO Staff

Dr Richard Ballard

Specialist Researcher

Richard Ballard is trained in the field of geography, having completed an Honours Degree in Geography at the University of Natal in 1994 and a PHD in Geography at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2002. His research has followed two broad themes.

The first is the way in which white people have experienced desegregation as experienced in post-apartheid cities. This includes reactions to street traders, shack dwellers, desegregating suburbs, and an analysis of gated communities.

The second is the way in which government and the public interact in the context of poverty and joblessness, with a particular interest in social movements, participatory mechanisms, the role of ward and PR councillors, and social policy mechanisms such as cash transfers. His research at GCRO includes urban mixing and new large scale private developments.

Most recent publications

Ballard, R. (forthcoming) Review of Falkof, Nicky (2015) Satanism and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa: Imagining the End of Whiteness. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan (Review in Journal of Southern African Studies)

Ballard, R. (forthcoming 2016). ‘Development and governance’. Submitted to Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F.Goodchild, Audrey L. Kobayashi, Weidong Liu Richard Marston (eds.) The International Encyclopaedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. London: Wiley-Blackwell (in press).

Ballard, R. (forthcoming 2016). Review of Daniel Conway and Pauline Leonard (2014) Migration, space and transnational identities: the British in South Africa, Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1145718

Ballard, R. (2016). ‘Community and the balkanization of social membership’. Dialogues in Human Geography. 6(1): 78–81

Ballard, R. (2016). ‘Black Middle Class in South Africa (“Black Diamonds”)’. John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony Smith, and Xiaoshuo Hou (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Race Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell. Online first DOI: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen379, December 2015

Ballard, R. (2015) Review of James Ferguson (2015) Give a man a fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution. Duke University Press, Durham. Review published in Transformation 89.

Ballard, R. (2015). ‘Assimilation’. John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony Smith, and Xiaoshuo Hou (eds.),Encyclopaedia of Race Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell. Online first DOI: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen380, December 2015


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Dr Koech Cheruiyot

Senior Researcher

Dr. Cheruiyot is a Senior Researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. He holds a PhD in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as well as post-graduate training in urban and regional planning and human settlements and bachelor’s degree in economics.

He has over 13 years of working in the field of urban and regional development planning both as a civil servant and a researcher. Prior to joining GCRO, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the NRF:SARChI in Development Planning and Modelling Unit at the School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University, Johannesburg.

He has research interests in local and regional economic development and planning, the application of spatial statistics to model regional development issues and urban spatial change. On a part-time basis, Dr. Cheruiyot teaches quantitative methods and introductory econometrics in the Wits’ School of Construction Economics and Management.

Most recent publications

Wray, C. & Cheruiyot, K. (2015), ‘Key Challenges and Potential Urban Modelling Opportunities in South Africa, with Specific Reference to the Gauteng City-Region’, South African Journal of Geomatics, 4(1), 14-35.

Cheruiyot, K. & Harrison, P. (2014), ‘Modeling the Relationship between Economic Growth and Time–Distance Accessibility in South Africa’, Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, 26(2), 81-96.

Wray, C., Musango, J., Damon, K. & Cheruiyot, K. 2013. Modelling Urban Spatial Change: A Review of International and South African Modelling Initiative. Occasional Paper No. 6, Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), Johannesburg, South Africa.

Cheruiyot, K. (2010), ‘A Spatial Analysis of the Intra-National Digital Divide in Kenya as a Regional Development Dilemma’, Regional Development Dialogue, 14, 116-136.

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Christina Culwick

Researcher

Christina Culwick has been a researcher at GCRO since 2013. She completed both undergraduate (BSc Geography & Maths) and postgraduate studies (BScHons & MSc Geography) at Wits University. Her research interests lie in urban sustainability transitions, resilience, environmental governance, and transforming Gauteng towards a liveable, inclusive and just city-region.

Christina's research extends across a range of disciplines, with particular interest in collaborative knowledge creation and the role of research in informing policy and governance practices. She has presented and published her research both locally and internationally.

Beyond her GCRO work, Christina holds a postgraduate teaching diploma from UNISA and she worked as an SABC broadcasting meteorologist for 6years. Her climbing and traveling help to sustain her love for Joburg, where she grew up and now lives with her husband.

Most recent publications

Culwick, C., Bobbins, K., Cartwright, A., Oelofse, G., Mander, M. and Dunsmore, S. (2016). A framework for a green infrastructure planning approach in the Gauteng City-Region, Johannesburg: Gauteng City-Region Observatory.

Vogel, C., Scott, D., Culwick, C. and Sutherland, C. (2016) 'Environmental problem solving in South Africa: Harnessing creative imaginaries to address ‘wicked’ challenges and opportunities', South African Geographical Journal, 98 (3), 515-530.

Culwick, C. & Patel, Z. (2016) United or divided: comparing approaches and achieving interdisciplinarity in disaster risk management, Area, online first: DOI: 10.1111/area.12282.

Bobbins, K. and Culwick, C. (2015). ‘Green growth transitions through a green infrastructure approach at the local government level: case study of the Gauteng City-Region’. Journal of Public Administration. 50(1), pp32–49.

Culwick, C., Gotz, G., Katumba, S., Trangoš, G. & Wray, C. (2015) ‘Mobility patterns in the Gauteng City-Region, South Africa’, Regional Studies, Regional Science. 2 (1), 308-310.

Piketh, S.J., Vogel, C., Dunsmore, S., Culwick, C., Engelbrecht, F & Akoon, I (2014) ‘Climate change and urban development in southern Africa: The case of Ekurhuleni Municipality (EMM) in South Africa’, Water SA. 40 (4), 749-758.

Harrison, P., Bobbins, K., Culwick, C., Humby, T.-L., La Mantia C., Todes, A. & Weakley, D. (2014) Urban Resilience Thinking for Municipalities. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) & Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO).

Culwick, C (2014) ‘Transitions to non-motorised transport in Gauteng’, in Wray, C. & Gotz, G (ed) Mobility in the Gauteng City Region, Johannesburg: Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO).

Fatti, C. & Patel, Z (2013) ‘Perceptions and responses to urban flood risk: Implications for climate governance in the South’, Applied Geography. 36, 13-22.

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Graeme Götz

Research Director

Graeme is Director of Research at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, where he works with a team of researchers to define and drive the research agenda of the GCRO.

Until June 2009, Graeme was a Specialist: Strategy & Policy in the Central Strategy Unit, Office of the Executive Mayor, at the City of Johannesburg. He developed a number of strategies including the 2006 Growth and Development Strategy and the 2007 Inner City Regeneration Charter.

Before joining the City he was a consultant for four years, specialising in local government and urban development. During this period he was the principal author of the 2004 State of South African Cities Report.

Between 1997 and 2001 he was a member of staff at the Graduate School of Public & Development Management (P&DM), University of the Witwatersrand, serving as Manager of the Local Government Programme, lecturer on the Masters of Management: Public & Development Management, and designer and convener of the MM: Local Governance and Development. In 1995 and 1996 he worked as a researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies.

Graeme’s academic work focuses on city development and urban renewal, urban economic development, local government, government strategy, intergovernmental relations and state theory.


Most recent publications

Culwick, C., Götz, G. Katumba, S., Trangoš, G. and Wray, C. (2015) ‘Mobility patterns in the Gauteng City-Region, South Africa’. Regional Studies Regional Science. 2(1), 308-310.

Götz, G. & Schäffler, A. (2015) ‘Conundrums in implementing a green economy in the Gauteng City-Region’, in journal special issue edited by Simon, D. & Leck H. ‘Bearing the brunt of environmental change: understanding adaptation and transformation challenges in urban Africa’, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, April 2015, 79-87.

Harrison, P. Götz, G. Todes, A. & Wray, C. (eds.) (2014) Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after apartheid. Johannesburg, Wits University Press.

Harrison, P. Götz, G. Todes, A. & Wray, C. (2014) ‘Materialities, subjectivities and spatial transformation in Johannesburg’, in Harrison, P. et al (eds.) Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after apartheid. Johannesburg, Wits University Press.

Götz, G. Wray, C. & Mubiwa, B. (2014) ‘The ‘thin oil of urbanisation’? Spatial change in Johannesburg and the Gauteng City-Region’, in Harrison, P. et al (eds.) Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after apartheid. Johannesburg, Wits University Press.

Götz, G. & Todes, A. (2014) ‘Johannesburg’s urban space economy’, in Harrison, P. et al (eds.) Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after apartheid. Johannesburg, Wits University Press.

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Christian Hamann

Research Intern

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Christian completed his undergraduate studies in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Pretoria before embarking on a Honours degree in Geography (BSocSci Hons), also at the University of Pretoria. He then enrolled for a Master’s degree in Geography at the University of South Africa, which he completed at the beginning 2016. His research interests primarily relate to the Changing Social Fabric and Landscapes in Transition research themes but he enjoys engaging in a variety of projects related to analytics, cartographies and visualisations. His most recent work focussed on socio-spatial change, specifically racial-residential segregation and socio-economic inequality.

Most recent publications

Hamann, C. & Horn, A. C., 2015: Continuity or Discontinuity? Evaluating the Changing Socio-Spatial Structure of the City of Tshwane, South Africa, Urban Forum, 26 (1), 39 – 57.

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Jesse Harber

Researcher

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Jesse Harber is a political economist with degrees from Oxford University, and (jointly) the Institute for Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. His research interests are in the political economy of urban development, the role of cities in capitalism and urban governance.

Jesse has been a Researcher with the GCRO since September 2016. Previously, he worked with the Cities Support Programme and the Government Technical Advisory Centre, both of the National Treasury, as well as a freelance urban and sustainable development consultant focusing on monitoring & evaluation, project and programme management, and organisational development. Before that he was a professional paella cook.

Most recent publications:

Harber, J. (2014) ‘Integrated ticketing and integrated fares: progress and prospects in South Africa’ in How to Build Transit Oriented Cities: Exploring Possibilities. South African Cities Network, 2014.

Harber, J. (2014) ‘South Africa Plus Ça Change’, Focus 72.

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Samy Katumba

Junior Researcher

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Samy is a Junior Researcher: GIS at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science honours degree from the University of Pretoria, specialising in Geoinformatics. Before joining the GCRO, Samy worked as a GIS technician for a couple of consulting firms in the field of civil engineering and environmental studies.

With a background in computer science and geographical information systems, Samy's interests and areas of research include: GIS web application development, mapping, geospatial data visualisation, spatial analysis, spatial statistics and online geo-information retrieval. Samy is registered as a professional GISc practitioner in training with the South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors (PLATO) and he is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Geoinformatics at the University of Pretoria.

Most recent publications

Katumba, S. and Coetzee, S. (2015). ‘Enhancing the online discovery of geospatial data through taxonomy, folksonomy and semantic annotations’. South African Journal of Geomatics. 4 (3), pp. 339-350

Culwick, c., Gotz, G., Katumba, S., Trangoš, G., Wray, C. (2015) Mobility patterns in the Gauteng City-Region, South Africa, Regional Studies, Regional Science 2 (1), pp. 308-310

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Samkelisiwe Khanyile

Research Intern

Samkelisiwe ‘Sam’ Khanyile holds a BSc Hons degree in Geography and MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing (completed March 2016) where she designed a spatial database for accessing historical geospatial data on mining activities in the wider Carletonville and Sterkfontein areas. Sam completed her degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand where she was also a teaching assistant, practical session administrator and more recently was part of the Wits Digital Mine Project run by the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Sam’s academic and research interests are positioned between the impact of mining on the surrounding communities and access to information. In particular, the increasing demand of geospatial data and the severity of the lack of access to information on mining and related activities which is important for the support of research, environmental management efforts, mine safety, urban and rural development planning and decision making at all levels.
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Gillian Maree

Senior Researcher

Gillian Maree is a Senior Researcher at the GCRO. She is an Urban Planner specialising in sustainability, environmental management and spatial planning; with a specific interest in water and biodiversity.

Gillian has worked in both the public and private sectors examining how urban and infrastructure development relates to sustainability, natural resource management, spatial planning and policy. Before joining the GCRO she worked at the South African Cities Network (SACN) as a Researcher within the Sustainable Cities programme and had a project focus on water, climate change, urban indicators and support to local government on environmental issues. From 2001 to 2007 she worked at the CSIR as a researcher in systematic biodiversity planning, water resources management, GIS and governance.

Her research interests focus on the intersection, and interdisciplinarity, between science, society and spatial planning within urban environments. Recent work has brought a strong focus cities, indicator development and data management what this means for more sustainable urban areas.

Most recent publications:

South African Cities Network (2016) 'Chapter 5: Sustainable Cities' in State of South African Cities Report 2016, SACN: Johannesburg

South African Cities Network (2016) 'Data Almanac' in State of South African Cities Report 2016, SACN: Johannesburg

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Mamokete Matjomane

Junior Researcher

Mamokete Matjomane holds an MSc in Town and Regional Planning with an urban studies focus from Wits University. She is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her PhD project investigates the role and influence that civil society groups have on policy and its implementation using Ahmedabad (India) case study where street vendor organizations and other civil society groups played a role in the production of progressive street vending legislation.

Mamokete’s research interests include street vending policy making and implementation in cities of the South; participatory governance as a tool for transformation and using urban renewal to achieve spatial transformation and social justice.

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Elaine Milton

Director of Partnerships and Operations

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Thembani Mkhize

Junior Researcher

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Thembani completed his MSc in Town and Regional Planning (Urban Studies) at Wits University in 2014. His research report, titled 'Managing Urban (Neighbourhood) Change for whom? Investigating the Everyday Practices of Building Managers in eKhaya Neighbourhood CID Hillbrow South,' explored the relationship between external and internal space management in inner-city Johannesburg’s Residential City Improvement Districts (RCIDs). The research uses (the everyday governance practices of) property caretakers – in their capacity as ‘transmission belts’ between tenants and other stakeholders in the RCID (property owners, the City, CBOs, etc.) – to understand the particularities and peculiarities of this relationship. The study is particularly interested in the extent to which the eKhaya property managers - via their everyday governance practices - appropriate, bend, resist, accept and adhere to norms governing the RCID, and what this means for inner-city management. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (GKIHS) and was also a recipient of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Planning Summer School Award.

In 2015, Mkhize was one of ten young researchers researching and writing up on innovative local and international responses to urban pressures that could be replicated in the South African context, and which will be documented in an edited book yet to be published by the DPME and the University of the Witwatersrand. He used eKhaya, in its capacity as an innovative response to urban crime and grime. Between late 2015 and early 2016, he assisted the DPME research team with the searching, collation, organisation, appraisal and coding literature on human settlements, in a project titled Evidence Mapping exercise in preparation for a Systematic Review in Human Settlements

With a research report titled The Challenges posed by the Political (Re)Branding of Competitive South African Cities: The case of (City and Street Name Changes in) Pretoria/Tshwane, Mkhize in 2012 graduated at the top of his class in the BSc(Hons) Urban and Regional Planning programme. The research report explored the extent to which branding/marketing and politics, two fundamentally different disciplines/concepts, converge and make themselves spatially manifest in the renaming of post-apartheid South Africa’s streets and big cities.

Most recent publications:

Mkhize, T. (forthcoming) Urban Crime and Grime: Lessons from Hillbrow’s eKhaya Residential City Improvement District, in P. Harrison and M. Rubin (eds.), Urban Innovations: Studying and Documenting Innovative Approaches to Urban Pressures, Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation: Pretoria, pp. 44 – 71.

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Dr Rob Moore

Executive Director

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Dr Rob Moore was appointed as Executive Director of the GCRO in 2016. Previously he was a Deputy Vice Chancellor at Wits University, a post he held for seven years. His work included responsibility for the advancement of the University’s strategic purposes in partnership with other institutions in society. Among other things, he assisted in developing the relationships between Wits and partners in government, industry, civil society and other universities. He was project director for South Africa’s Ministerial Review Committee on the National System of Innovation, a study conducted in 2010 and 2011 and published in 2012.

Prior to joining Wits, he spent twelve years (1992 – 2004) at the University of Cape Town researching and teaching in higher education studies, and was responsible for establishing various curriculum and educational-support initiatives. His research interests have focused on issues of higher education policy and institutional adaptation. In particular, he has published on issues of institutional responsiveness to policy, on curriculum reform, and on the governance of knowledge partnerships.

He sits on the Boards of the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO), The Conversation Africa (TCA), the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI), and the Cradle of Humankind Trust (CoHT).

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Dr Ngaka Mosiane

Senior Researcher

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My research interests centre around, provocatively, ‘the transformative potential of cities’. I use numerous entry points into this area of research. The first one is livelihoods, through which I examine how ordinary people use the city’s resources to reshape their lives within the context of changes in historical practices of livelihood formation, landscape forms and social identities. The second entry point is the state’s spatial interventions – the ways in which such interventions (the Master Plan, for example) facilitate and/or hinder ordinary people’s livelihood activities. The third vantage point into exploring the transformative potential of cities is the ways in which social payments, (local) state spending, and basic municipal services contribute to ordinary people’s livelihood assets. Taken together, I deploy these themes to reflect on the extent to which ordinary people are able to harness the city’s resources to build livelihoods and to use such livelihood assets to pursue other ends.

My other area of research interest is the intellectual history of informal housing: its major dimensions, the changes in the way this topic has been treated over time, the current emphases and future directions of informal housing research, theory, and methodology.

Most recent publications

Mosiane, N.B. (Forthcoming) ‘Credit, cash transfers, and distributive neoliberalism’. African Studies.

Mosiane, N.B. (Forthcoming) ‘Informal Housing’ submitted to Tony Orum and Sarah Smiley (eds.) The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Urban and Regional Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Mosiane, N.B. (Forthcoming) ‘Creative spaces of South African cities: competing registers of value’. Stichproben: Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien.

Mosiane, N.B. (2012) Review of Sarah Mosoetsa (2011) Eating from One Pot: The dynamics of survival in poor South African households, African Affairs, doi: 10.1093/afraf/ads011.

Mosiane, N.B. (2011) Livelihoods and the transformative potential of cities: Challenges of inclusive development in Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa, The Singaporean Journal of Tropical Geography, 32 (1): 38-52.

Mosiane, N.B. (2009) Landscapes of Flexibility or Landscapes of Marginality? Spaces of Livelihood Formation in a Changing South African City, GeoJournal, 74, 541–549

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Dr Aidan Mosselson

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Aidan completed his PhD in the Geography Department at University College London in 2015. Entitled 'Vernacular Regeneration: low-income housing, private security and urban transformation in inner-city Johannesburg' it examines the work being done, primarily by the private sector, to improve once-decayed, crime-ridden neighbourhoods and provide housing for low-income communities. It explores the relationship between the local state and the private sector, the effects of market-based solutions on public space and the accessibility of housing in low-income neighbourhoods, policing practices in volatile neighbourhoods, as well as the dynamics of racial transition and emerging forms of belonging in previously racially exclusive areas. He was a recipeint of a Commonwealth Scholarship and a fellowship from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.

Between 2009 and 2011 he taught in the Sociology Department at Wits Univeristy. His teaching covered themes including Introduction to Sociological Theory, Development Sociology and Globilization and Change.

He completed his Masters degree in the Wits Sociology Department in 2009. His thesis, entitled 'Citizens and Exceptions: The State, Illegal Immigration and Citizenship in South Africa' explores the ways in which immigration policies and the policing of illegal immigration in South Africa serve to give content to citizenship and define the barriers of inclusion in post-apartheid South Africa. Research analysed the legal and policy framework governing migration in South Africa and utilised the Lindela Repatriation Centre and 2008 xenophobic riots as case studies to show how barriers between citizens and those deemed to be not belong in South Africa are policed and enforced.

Most recent publications

Mosselson, Aidan (2016), "Joburg has its own momentum": towards a vernacular theorisation of urban change', Urban Studies, 1-17.

Mosselson, Aidan (2013), ‘Review of City of Extremes: the spatial politics of Johannesburg (2011’), by Martin J. Murray, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37: 5, 1862 – 1863.

Mosselson, Aidan (2010) ''There is no difference between citizens and non-citizens anymore': Violent Xenophobia, Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging in Post-Apartheid South Africa', Journal of Southern African Studies, 36: 3, 641 – 655.

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Darlington Mushongera

Researcher

Darlington joined GCRO in August, 2011 as researcher. His research work spans across a number of areas, from poverty & inequality, indicators & benchmarking, to state function and practices. Darlington was instrumental in developing the GCRO Barometer, an innovating tool that depicts development progress in Gauteng based on a set of 38 indicators.

Currently, he is working on two similar projects, the Caring Cities Barometer in partnership with the City of Johannesburg, and the Global City Profile for Johannesburg in partnership with the Brookings Institute.

Darlington has also generated a multidimensional poverty index for Gauteng (GMPI) using the GCRO Quality of Life survey data. He has extensive knowledge of working with large survey datasets and is proficient in STATA and SPSS data analysis packages.

Darlington is also well acquainted with municipal governance in South Africa and the challenges associated with delivery of basic services, particularly water. His work on state function and state practice aims to explain how the internal configuration of state institutions and rationalities of the individuals therein combine to determine service delivery priorities, outputs and outcomes at municipal level. Darlington holds a BSc Economics degree, an MSc Rural and Urban Planning and an MPhil in Land and Agrarian Studies.

He is currently a PhD candidate in Town and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University Witwatersrand.

Most recent publications

Mushongera, D, Zikhali, P & Ngwenya, P (2015) ‘A Multidimensional Poverty Index for Gauteng (GMPI)’, GCRO Map of the Month.

Mushongera, D., (2015) ‘The GCRO Barometer 2014’, GCRO Occasional Paper No.9.

Mushongera, D. (2013) ‘Prices and Earnings in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) Johannesburg in comparison to major world cities’, GCRO Data Brief: No.3.

Mushongera, D. (2011) ‘Summary analysis from Statistics South Africa’s 2010 General Household Survey for Gauteng', GCRO Data Brief: No.1.

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Dr Alexandra Parker

Researcher

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Alexandra Parker joined the GCRO in late 2016 after a long and fruitful association with the University of the Witwatersrand as an undergraduate and postgraduate student and most recently, a postdoctoral research fellow. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research explores the influence of urban films on everyday practice in the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town. The research aims to understand the ways in which residents interpret and negotiate their urban environments through the popular medium of film. She has presented and published on this research, most recently in the monograph Urban Film and Everyday Practice: Bridging Divisions in Johannesburg.

She completed her PhD in town and regional planning in 2014 (Thesis Title: Images And Influence: The Role of Film in Representing Johannesburg and Shaping Everyday Practice in the City) but began in the field of architecture for her undergraduate and masters degrees. She has a passion for teaching and engaging with students and has taught courses in planning and architecture at the Wits School of Architecture and Planning; the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg; and a Masters course at the Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy.

She serves on the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation board and is chair of the Joint Building Plans Committee (East) actively campaigning to protect the city’s heritage. She is a director on the board of the Architects’ Collective, promoting architecture and the built environment through cultural activities.

Her research interests include: film, cinema and media; suburbia; urban studies education; culture and space; built heritage; place identity; and ‘hipster urbanism’.

Most recent publications:

Parker A. (2016) Urban Film and Everyday Practice: Bridging Divisions in Johannesburg. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Parker A. (2015) ‘Expanding the Empire’ in Z. Asmal & G. Trangos, (eds.) Movement: Johannesburg. Cape Town: The City, pp. 28-39.

Richardson, C. & Parker A. (2015) ‘Houghton Estate’ in A. Todes, P. Harrison, & D. Weakley (eds.) Resilient Densification: Four studies from Johannesburg. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand & Gauteng City-Region Observatory, pp.106-126.

Parker A. (2012) ‘Gangsters’ Paradise: The Representation of Johannesburg in Film and Television’ in The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.167-178.

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Mncedisi Siteleki

Research Intern

Mncedisi ‘MC’ Siteleki holds a postgraduate degree (BSc Hons) in GIS and Archaeology from Wits University. He is currently finishing up his MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing where he is using both of these techniques to study archaeological sites (stone-walled structures) in southern Gauteng, South Africa.

Between 2013 and 2015, MC was a teaching assistant for undergraduate students in Geography, and continues to be involved in training Wits students in conducting archaeological field work. MC’s academic and research interests include: archaeology and heritage management, mapping, and geovisualisation and the use of GIS and remote sensing in various disciplines.

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Guy Trangoš

Research Associate

Guy Trangoš is a Doctor of Design candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Research Associate at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. He is a professional architect registered in South Africa, and has worked both professionally and academically over the past decade.

Guy holds a MSc. in City Design and Social Science from the LSE, and a Master of Architecture (Professional) from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2015, Guy launched ‘Movement Johannesburg’, a book he co-edited with Zahira Asmal, on the political and migratory movements that shaped and continue to shape Johannesburg. He has published academic journal articles, book chapter contributions and numerous articles in the media. He also lectures when possible on the history and theory of urban design, mapping and architecture, and researches the impacts of global urban process on local contexts.

He has worked as a researcher for LSE Cities, and as an architect for Mashabane Rose and Associates Architects and 26’10 south Architects, and privately as an exhibition designer and writer. In 2011 he was selected to participate in the Gwangju Biennale Foundation's Curatorial Course.

Guy is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Most recent publications

Mahomed, F. and Trangoš, G. (forthcoming 2016). ‘An exploration of public attitudes towards LGBTI rights in the Gauteng City-Region of South Africa’. Journal of Homosexuality (in press)

Asmal, Z. and Trangoš, G. (2015). Movement Johannesburg. The City: Cape Town.

Trangoš, G. (2015). ‘Crash City’. In Asmal, Z. and Trangoš, G. (eds.) Movement Johannesburg. The City: Cape Town

Trangoš, G. & Bobbins, K. (2015) ‘City of Extraction: gold mining exploits and the legacies of Johannesburg’s mining landscapes’, Scenario Journal 5: Extraction. (In press).

Culwick, C., Gotz, G., Katumba, S., Trangoš, G. & Wray, C. (2015) ‘Mobility patterns in the Gauteng City-Region, South Africa’, Regional Studies, Regional Science. 2 (1), 308-310.


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Adele Underhay

Administration Manager

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Adele Underhay has been working at the GCRO since May 2009 as the Senior Finance and Administration Manager. She started her career in banking, before moving to a position as Senior Admin Clerk at a Primary School. She then spent twelve years managing the finances for Consulting and Geotechnical Engineers in Rivonia.

Adele has been at the University of the Witwatersrand in various positions since August 2000. Adele was involved with the i-Wits Oracle projects for three years. This project was formed to revamp the Finance, HR and Student Systems at Wits into one integrated system.

Adele is a nominated member of Council and Senate at the University and serves on various committees representing Support Staff.

Adele has been married for over 35 years and has three grown up sons and is a doting grandmother. She is an avid orchid grower, crochets, and enjoys riding pillion on an 1100 BMW tourer with her husband.

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