Founding Director, African Centre for Cities (ACC), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Professor Edgar Pieterse is the founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. His research and teaching explore urban imaginaries, alternative futures, sustainable urban infrastructure, place-making, public cultures, responsive design and adaptive governance systems. He publishes different kinds of text and curates exhibitions and difficult conversations about pressing urban problems. Since the founding of ACC, he has published two books: City Futures (Zed, 2008) and New Urban Worlds with AbdouMaliq Simone (Polity, 2017), as well as nine co-edited books, dealing with a wide-ranging set of topics related to contemporary urbanism and place-making.