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Introducing Africa’s Urban Revolution Edited by Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse

Africaâ��s Urban RevolutionNew from UCT Press, Africa’s Urban Revolution edited by Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse:

The facts of Africa’s rapid urbanisation are startling. By 2030 African cities will have grown by more than 350 million people and over half the continent’s population will be urban. Yet in the minds of policy-makers, scholars and much of the general public, Africa remains a quintessentially rural place. This lack of awareness and robust analysis means it is difficult to make a policy case for a more overtly urban agenda. As a result, there is across the continent insufficient urgency directed to responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with the world’s last major wave of urbanisation.

Drawing on the expertise of scholars and practitioners associated with UCT’s African Centre for Cities, and utilising a diverse array of case studies, Africa’s Urban Revolution provides a comprehensive insight into the key issues – demographic, cultural, political, technical, environmental and economic – surrounding African urbanisation.

Africa’s Urban Revolution provides a fascinating look, both empirically and theoretically, at an eclectic mix of contemporary urban issues in Africa. Promoting long-term planning that directs and informs African urbanisation is the key message of the authors. This book is a must-read for scholars of the urban South.” – Professor Ronnie Donaldson, Stellenbosch University

About the editors

Susan Parnell is an urban geographer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is centrally involved in the African Centre for Cities, serving on its executive. Her recent books include A Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South (co-edited with S. Oldfield; Routledge, 2014); Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and opportunities. A global assessment (co-edited with T. Elmqvist, M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Güneralp, P. Marcotullio, R. McDonald, M. Schewenius, M. Sendstad, K. Seto and C. Wilkinson; Springer, 2013).

Edgar Pieterse is holder of the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He is director of the African Centre for Cities and professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town. Recent books include: Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African cities (Jacana, 2013); African Cities Reader I & II (Chimurenga, 2010 and 2011); City Futures: Confronting the crisis of urban development (UCT Press, 2008). In 2010 he co-founded an international biannual magazine, Cityscapes. At present, Pieterse is leading a national policy process to craft the Integrated Urban Development Framework for the South African government.

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