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The South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning

The South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (previously the South African Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling) is an NRF funded research chair situated in the School of Architecture and Planning. The Research Chair is dedicated to both scholarly and applied research and seeks to support the state through good quality empirical research, whilst contributing to local and international debates on urban development and spatial planning. The Chair focuses on three key areas of interest: New Comparative Urbanism: Johannesburg in the World; Development Planning and Everyday practice; Considering Urban Governance: supporting and questioning state/society interactions.

The Research Chair undertakes original research based on its key thematic interests and delivers a series of research reports, academic publications and media articles to disseminate its findings. It also supports numerous post-graduate students, research associates and post-doctoral students through bursaries and scholarships and attempts to develop talent from both South Africa and the Global South.

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