Technology in and for Society: Innovating well for inclusive transitions


Edgar Pieterse

African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

Director and Professor


Edgar Pieterse is founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at UCT and holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. His research and teaching explore urban development politics, everyday culture, publics, radical social economies, responsive design and adaptive governance systems. He publishes different kinds of text, curate exhibitions, as well as difficult conversations about pressing urban problems. He has published eight co-edited volumes related to contemporary urbanism and place-making; as well as two books, City Futures (Zed, 2008) and New Urban Worlds (Polity, 2017, with AbdouMaliq Simone). Current research is focussed on a major exhibition—CompleXities, as well as exploratory work on the tenets of sustainable infrastructure systems in low-income contexts. This focus is tied into a definitional exploration of city-level innovation ecosystems in Africa. He serves on advisory boards of numerous international research organisations.

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