Dr Paula Meth, Reader in Urban Studies & Planning and SIID Cities Theme Lead, is involved in a project with Wits University in Johannesburg, their project website has recently been launched named ‘Living the urban periphery‘.
Our ESRC-NRF funded ‘Living the Peripheries’ project focusing on the peripheries of 3 African city-regions is proceeding well, with data collection in four of the seven case study areas completed. In early 2018 data collection in Addis Ababa will commence and the final case study in Gauteng, SA, known as Winterveld will be tackled. Significant contrasts are emerging from the data collected so far. Variations are evident in the quality of people’s lives, their access to basic services (especially water, electricity and toilets) and their abilities to make a living, as explored through interviews, diary writing and photography. These contrasts reveal evidence of ‘peripheries within peripheries’ backed up by our large scale survey data, revealing significant differences in mobility and housing quality even when places within case study areas are geographically adjacent. 2018 will see our attention focusing on completing data collection, conducting extensive analysis and the presentation of findings and interpretation at conferences in Cape Town and the UK. Our recently launched website documents our project and offers visual insights into ‘living the African peripheries’.