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Staff Profile

Professor Marie Huchzermeyer

Position PROFESSOR
QualificationsPhD, MUD, BL
Phone 0117177688
Email Marie.Huchzermeyer@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit School of Architecture and Planning
ORCID 0000-0003-3209-5449
  • Informal settlement policy, with a particular concern about the post-millennial drive globally to eradicate informal settlements and the impacts of this on African cities.
  • Private tenement investment as a poorly recognised form of affordable housing supply in cities such as Nairobi.
  • Theoretically, how Henri Lefebvre’s work speaks to these challenges in the context of growing urban inequality, and what this means for the underpinnings of urban planning and rights.

Marie Huchzermeyer joined the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University in 2001 following a research fellowship in London and her PhD from Sociology at UCT. Her role in the School of Architecture and Planning has been to convene an interdisciplinary housing masters, while also contributing to the Planning programme and supervising higher degrees. She was acting Head of School from May 2012 to August 2013. She is in the rotating position of Director of the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) from 2015-2017. Together with Prof Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane at Wits University and Professor Philipp Misselwitz at Technical University of Berlin (TUB), she is co-principal investigator of the Wits-TUB Urban Lab project, a five year collaboration (2016-2020). She is grant holder of a Collaborative Postgraduate Training Programme project funded by the NRF (2017-2019) that involves PhD students and supervisors across the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Venda and the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology.

Marie's research has covered housing and informal settlement policy across different contexts and from a historical, political and rights-based perspective. In 2004 she published her first book 'Unlawful Occupation: Informal Settlements and Urban Policy in South Africa and Brazil' (Africa World Press) based on her PhD. This was followed in 2011 by two further books: 'Tenement Cities: From 19th Century Berlin to 21st Century Nairobi' (Africa World Press) and 'Cities With 'Slums': from Informal Settlement Eradication to a Right to the City in Africa' (UCT Press). She has also co-edited three books, guest edited several journal special issues and contributed to housing policy debates through academic and non-academic journals as well as the media.

Most of her publications, including book chapters, can be downloaded from Academia.edu and a full CV can be viewed on ORCID. Below is only a selection of recent publications.

Publications

BOOKS

Huchzermeyer, M. (2011) Cities With 'Slums': From Slum Eradication to a Right to the City in Africa. Juta/UCT Press, Cape Town. http://uctpress.bookslive.co.za/blog/2011/10/19/marie-huchzermeyer-studies-informal-settlement-eradication-in-cities-with-slums/

Huchzermeyer, M. (2011) Tenement Cities: From 19th Century Berlin to 21st Century Nairobi. Africa World Press, Trenton JN. http://www.africaworldpressbooks.com/servlet/Detailno=877

Huchzermeyer, M., (2004). Unlawful Occupation: Informal Settlements and Urban Policy in South Africa and Brazil. Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press, Trenton NJ.
http://www.africaworldpressbooks.com/servlet/Detail no=231

EDITED BOOKS

Haferburg, C. and Huchzermeyer, M. (eds.) (2014/2015). Urban Governance in Postapartheid Cities: Modes of Engagement in South Africa’s Metropoles. Borntraeger Science Publishers, Stuttgart, and UKZN, Scottsville. http://www.ukznpress.co.za/portal/ukznph_db1/UserFiles/SysDocs/bb_ukzn_books/10000/462/Urban Governance.jpg

Huchzermeyer, M. and Karam, A. (eds.) (2006) Informal Settlements A Perpetual Challenge Juta/UCT Press, Cape Town.
http://www.jutaacademic.co.za/catalogue/itemdisplay.jsp?item_id=7705&search=true&nav_id=2009&tier_id=3723&qsHasChildren=true&author=Marie Huchzermeyer&category=-1&sformat=7899

Harrison, P., Huchzermeyer, M., Mayekiso, M. (eds.) (2003). Confronting Fragmentation: Housing and Urban Development in a Democratising Society. UCT Press, Cape Town.
http://www.jutaacademic.co.za/catalogue/itemdisplay.jspitem_id=8108&nav_id=2009&tier_id=3723&qsHasChildren=true

RECENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Huchzermeyer, M. (forthcoming). Title: The legal meaning of Lefebvre’s the right to the city: addressing the gap between global campaign and scholarly debate. Geojournal. Published online and awaiting placement in an issue. AS WITH ALL OTHER PUBLICATIONS LISTED HERE, THE OFF-PRINT IS DOWNLOADABLE FROM ACADEMIA.EDU

Also see: de Melo, E. (2017). Lefebvre and the periphery: An interview with Professor Marie Huchzermeyer. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (published on line, awaiting placement in an issue)

Huchzermeyer, M. and Misselwitz, P. (2016). Coproducing inclusive cities? Addressing knowledge gaps and conflicting rationalities between self-provisioned housing and state-led housing programmes. COSUST – Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 20, 73-79.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2014) Humanism, creativity and rights: invoking Henri Lefebvre’s right to the city in the tension presented by informal settlements in South Africa today. Transformation. 85, 64-89.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2014) Invoking Lefebvre’s ‘Right to the City’ in South Africa today: a response to Walsh. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action. 18(1), 32-40.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2010) Pounding the tip of the iceberg: the dominant politics of informal settlement eradication in South Africa. Politikon: The South African Journal of Political Science. 37(1), 129-148.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2009) Enumeration as a grassroots tool towards securing tenure in slums: insights from Kisumu, Kenya. Urban Forum, 20, 271-292.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2009) Urban housing: rediscovering tenements. Architecture South Africa, March/April, 44-48.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2009) The struggle for in situ upgrading of informal settlements: A reflection on cases in Gauteng. Development Southern Africa, 26(1), 59-74.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2008) Slum upgrading in Nairobi within the housing and basic services market: A housing rights concern. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 43(1), 19-39.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2007) Tenement city: The emergence of multi-storey districts through large scale private landlordism in Nairobi. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31(4), 714-732.

RECENT & FORTHCOMING BOOK CHAPTERS

Huchzermeyer, M. (forthcoming). Informal settlements and shantytowns as differential space. In Leary-Owhin, M. and McCarthy, J. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society, Routledge, London. (in press)

Haferburg, M. and Huchzermeyer, M. (2017). Redlining or renewal? The space-based construction of decay and its contestation through local agency in Brixton, South Africa. Kirkness, P. and Tijé-Dra, A. (eds) Negative Neighbourhood Reputation and Place Attachment: The Production and Contestation of Territorial Stigma. Routledge, London.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2016). Informal settlements at the intersection between urban planning and rights: advances through judicialisation in the South African case. In Deboulet, A. (ed.), Rethinking Precarious Neighborhoods. Pp.195-210. Les éditions de l'AFD, Paris. http://www.afd.fr/webdav/site/afd/shared/PUBLICATIONS/RECHERCHE/Scientifiques/Etudes-AFD/13-VA-etudes-afd.pdf

Huchzermeyer, M. (2016). Les quartiers informels en Afrique du Sud, à la croisée de l’urbanisation et des droits : quand la judiciarisation fait bouger les lignes. In Debourlet, A. (ed.) Repenser les Quartiers Précaires. Les éditions de l'AFD, Paris. (French translation of the book above) http://www.afd.fr/webdav/site/afd/shared/PUBLICATIONS/RECHERCHE/Scientifiques/Etudes-AFD/13-VF-etudes-afd.pdf

Huchzermeyer, M. and Karam, A. (2016). South African housing policy over two decades: 1994-2014. In Kepe, T., Levin, M. and von Liers, B. (eds), Domains of Freedom: Justice, Citizenship and Social Change in South Africa. Pp.85-104. UCT Press, Cape Town.

Haferburg, C. and Huchzermeyer, M. (2014). An introduction to the governing of post-apartheid cities. In Haferburg, C. and Huchzermeyer, M. (eds), Urban Governance in Postapartheid Cities: Modes of Engagement in South Africa’s Metropoles. pp.3-14. Borntraeger Science Publishers, Stuttgart, and UKZN Press, Scottsville.

Huchzermeyer, M., Karam, A. and Maina, M. (2014). Informal Settlements. In Harrison, P., Gotz, G., Todes, A. and Wray, C. (eds), Changing Form, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid. Pp. 154-175. Wits University Press, Johannesburg.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2014). Changing housing policy in South Africa. In Bredenoord, J., van Lindert, P. and Smets, P. (eds), Affordable Housing in the Urban Global South. Seeking Sustainable Solutions. pp.336-348. Earthscan, London (in press).

Huchzermeyer, M. (2014). Troubling continuities: use and utilities of the term ‘Slum’. In Parnell, S. and Oldfield, S. (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Cities of the Global South. pp.86-97. Routledge, London.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2013) ‘Slum’ upgrading or ‘slum’ eradication? The mixed message of the MDGs. In Langford, M., Sumner, A. and Yamin, A. (eds). The Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future. pp.295-315. Cambridge University Press.

Groenewald, L., Huchzermeyer, M., Kornienko, K., Tredoux, M., Rubin, M. and Raposo, I. (2013). Breaking down the binary: meanings of informal settlements in southern African cities. In Bekker, S. and  Fourchard, L. (eds.), Governing cities in Africa: Politics and Policies. pp.93-115. HSRC Press, Cape Town.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2010) Africa: Where and how to house urban citizens. In Jacquet, P., Pachauri, R. and Tubiana, L. (eds) Cities: Steering Towards Sustainability. pp.157-168. Teri Press, Delhi.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2008) The global governance response to informal settlements relieving or deepening marginalisation In Etienne Nel, E., Valenca, M and Leimgruber, W. (eds.). The Global Challenge and Marginalisation. Nova Science Publishers, New York.

Huchzermeyer, M. (2006) The new instrument for upgrading informal settlement in South Africa: contributions and constraints. In Huchzermeyer, M. and Karam, A. (eds.) Informal Settlements A Perpetual Challenge Juta/UCT Press, Cape Town.

Huchzermeyer, M., Karam, A., Stemela, I., Siliga, N. and Frazenburg, S. (2006) Policy, data and civil society: Reflections on South African challenges through an international review. In Huchzermeyer, M. and Karam, A. (eds.) Informal Settlements A Perpetual Challenge Juta/UCT Press, Cape Town.

Huchzermeyer, M. and Karam, A. (2006) The continuing challenge of informal settlements: An introduction. In Huchzermeyer, M. and Karam, A. (eds.) Informal Settlements A Perpetual Challenge Juta/UCT Press, Cape Town.

Omenya, A. and Huchzermeyer, M. (2006) Slum Upgrading in the complex context of political change: The case of Nairobi. In Huchzermeyer, M. and Karam, A. (eds.) Informal Settlements A Perpetual Challenge Juta/UCT Press, Cape Town.

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