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Youth and the work/housing nexus in Ethiopia and South Africa is a British Academy- funded research project led by the University of Sheffield with partners from CUBES and SA&CP. It will explore the interrelationship between work (formal and informal) and housing, and how youth experience and shape this. It has a strong focus on youth participants, and during 2020/21 it will use a case study site in Gauteng and in Hawassa, Ethiopia, building on aspects of the three-year Living the Urban Peripheries funded research project which School staff were involved in.

Micro-dynamics and Macro-processes: a Maputo-Johannesburg comparative study of intra-household decision-making and state-investment in transit. Volvo Foundation funding has been awarded in 2020 as part of the “Mobility and Access in African Cities” programme for a joint initiative by CUBES, SA&CP and GCRO and colleagues at the University of Eduardo Mondlane, involving parallel studies on transit in Gauteng and in Maputo. The project includes four master’s student bursaries. The first project workshop was held in Maputo on the 12th of March 2020 during a fieldtrip by Wits staff and students to the city.