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Alan Mabin

Title/Position:  Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution:
 Centre for the Advancement of  Scholarship, University of Pretoria
Degree(s)/School(s):
   MA (Wits) PhD (Simon Fraser)
E-mail:
 Alan.Mabin@up.ac.za

MCRI Projects: B3: Land and Housing Markets, B5: Regional Governance and Suburbanization, B7: Transportation, B8: Everyday Suburbanisms, and C1: Africa Research Cluster (co-Team lead)

Background: Alan Mabin was born in Johannesburg, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1973 (BA Hons) and 1977 (MA).  He worked for the City of Cape Town and taught at the then University of Natal-Durban, then studied further at Ohio State University and graduated PhD from Simon Fraser University, Canada, in 1984.

He taught in development studies, politics, geography and urban planning at Wits, being appointed Professor of Public Management in 1999.  From 2005 he headed the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits, retiring from the University at the end of 2013.  Alan has held visiting fellowships at Yale (USA) and Queen’s (Canada); Université de Paris Ouest [X]-Nanterre-La Défense, Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement, and Sciences Po in Paris, France; and Universidade de São Paulo in Brasil.  He has undertaken research in Brasil, France, Tanzania and South Africa and has NGO, government and consulting experience.

Among his recent articles are pieces on ‘Suburbs in Africa?’, ‘Grounding southern city theory in time and place’ and ‘South African capital cities’.  His interests are in cities and urban development.

Research interests: Local government, urban history, city region, changing roles and relationships of public and private sectors in city development, suburbia.  Present research projects: ‘Think Metropole/Penser la métropole’ and ‘African suburbs’ as a co-investigator, Global Suburbs major collaborative research initiative (hosted by City Institute, York University, Toronto) (2010-2017)

Selected Publications:

Alan has edited 3 books (including  P Gervais-Lambony, S Jaglin and (eds) 1999 La question urbaine en Afrique australe: Perspectives de recherche (Paris: Karthala, 1999)

2011 South African capitals – enigmatic and emblematic city settings of shifting political power, in G Therborn and S Bekker (eds) Capital Cities of Africa (Pretoria: HSRC and Dakar: Codesria)

2008 Gauteng urban region, in UN Habitat State of African Cities: a Framework for Addressing Urban Challenges in Africa (Nairobi: UN Habitat) pp. 162-169

2007 Johannesburg–(South) Africa’s aspirant global city, in K Segbers, S Raiser and K Volkmann (eds) The Making of Global City Regions: Johannesburg, Mumbai/Bombay, São Paulo and Shanghai (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press) pp. 32-63

2006 Local government in South Africa’s larger cities, in U Pillay, R Tomlinson and J du Toit (eds) Democracy and Delivery: Urban Policy in South Africa (Pretoria: HSRC Press) pp. 135-156

2006 Security and space: managing contradictions of access restriction in Johannesburg, Environment and Planning B 33 (1) pp. 3-20 (with P Harrison)

2006 ‘La suburbanisation en Afrique du Sud: entre heritage et innovation’, in J. Lombard, E. Mesclier, S. Velut (ed) La Mondialisation Coté Sud: Acteurs et Territoires (Paris : Editions de l’IRD – Presses de l’ENS), pp. 273-286

2006 ‘La suburbanisation en Afrique du Sud: entre heritage et innovation’, in J. Lombard, E. Mesclier, S. Velut (ed) La Mondialisation Coté Sud: Acteurs et Territoires (Paris : Editions de l’IRD – Presses de l’ENS), pp. 273-286

2005, ‘Suburbs and Segregation in South African Cities: A Challenge for Metropolitan Governance in the Early Twenty-First Century’, Chapter 13 in David Varady (ed) Desegregating the City: Ghettos, No; Enclaves, Yes (State University of New York Press) pp. 221-232