Collaborative Postgraduate Training
Under the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) programme for Collaborative Postgraduate Training, this project focuses on interdisciplinary PhD supervision. The project duration is 2017-2019. It brings together the built environment (planning, urban design, architecture) and sociology.
The project supports eight PhD students across three South African universities. The supervisory team includes both experienced and new PhD supervisors, and through a reflective supervision process, it is building supervisor capacity in all three institutions:
- University of the Witwatersand – Centre for Urbanism and the Built Environment (CUBES)
- University of Venda – Department of Urban and Regional Planning
- Durban University of Technology – Urban Futures Centre
In the context of varying PhD regulations across the three institutions, the project endeavours to maximise space for creativity and innovation for the student cohort. The project provides a cohort of PhD candidates a networked learning context across the institutions and beyond. An annual student-supervisor workshop, also open to a wider network of students and supervisors, is tailored to particular stages in the PhD journey.