Conceptualising the Gauteng City Region
The project takes the core intellectual work of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) as its starting point. Of course the city-region has no physical reality as such. It is not an actual territorially-defined space with administrative boundaries or a designated budget. Rather it is a construct which can be subjectively conceptualised from the perspective of multiple actors and interests in the space. Currently it has been mobilized as a central organising principle for the planning and development strategies of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG). Our interests lie in critically unpacking the concept of the city-region and assembling ‘multiple footprints’ or conceptualisations of the city-region.
2012/13 will see the following:
- A dual process of (a) systematic data-gathering and (b) sourcing contributors for both a mini research report and an academic book;
- Preparation and submission of a book proposal;
- Preparation, production and release of a draft mini research report – an ‘atlas’ style conceptual study of the GCR – in October 2012;
- A roundtable discussion on Conceptualising the GCR in November 2012.
Outputs in 2012/13
- An atlas-style 65 page mini research report outlining some ‘vital statistics’ related to the GCR and accompanied by a set of cutting edge maps and graphs, will be produced in October 2012
- A roundtable discussion with key stakeholders will be held in November 2012. The 65 page mini research report will be used as a thematic resource informing the content of the roundtable discussion
- A book will be produced at the end of 2013/early 2014 which draws on thematic content from the mini research report released in October 2012.