Gauteng’s urban space economy
‘Urban space economy’ is shorthand for the distribution of economic activity in space, considering: how the spatial form of cities is structured by dynamic changes in economic activity; how economic opportunities and constraints are structured by spatial form, fabric and function; and the changing nature of economic space itself (changing industrial areas, suburban office parks, etc). This project aims:
- To deepen understanding of how the urban space economy of the GCR works, through innovative mapping, analysis of quantitative data, a number of focused, qualitative case studies, and a re-examination of the theory;
- To interrogate how governments in the city-region have understood the challenge of intervening in the economy of Gauteng over the last two decades, and how they have built institutional arrangements and techniques through which to perform ‘economic development’ functions;
- Through (1) and (2), to reach conclusions on how governments in the GCR might sharpen future policy and practice on facilitating economic activity through spatial interventions.
Outputs in 2012/13
- A journal special issue made up of 10 pieces, two of which will be synthetic analyses and eight of which will be case studies;
- A Provocation, synthesizing the most interesting findings and conclusions into an accessible form aimed at provoking academic debate.