Approaching a shared topic from different angles: studying the new middle classes in southern Africa  - Fellows' seminar by Maxim Bolt, Claudia Gastrow and Preben Kaarsholm

Approaching a shared topic from different angles: studying the new middle classes in southern Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Maxim Bolt, Claudia Gastrow and Preben Kaarsholm

“Context is important. What is middle class in Amaoti is different to Sandton. We are examining the different self-understandings and identity politics of belonging and aspiration. As well as a matter of property, income, and power, class is also a matter of self-definition with ethnicity, gender, generation and modernism as important markers of distinction,” said … [Read more]

My role in our collective story - Fellows' seminar by Mathatha Tsedu

My role in our collective story – Fellows’ seminar by Mathatha Tsedu

“My project is an autobiography. Whilst an autobiography inevitably centres around the author, I am shying away from it being about me. I attempt instead, and hope the method will succeed, to tell the story of our people in the time that I lived, and my role, however small, in that part of our collective … [Read more]

Unlocking the regeneration and transformation potential to build the urban society we all want in Stellenbosch - the Adam Tas Corridor project

Unlocking the regeneration and transformation potential to build the urban society we all want in Stellenbosch – the Adam Tas Corridor project

“The Adam Tas Corridor is the start of Stellenbosch’s emerging urban transformation district and the vision is to create an integrated urban-development corridor that is liveable, safe, resource-efficient, socially integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive, in which all citizens can actively participate. It is a place that embodies our best knowledge on what constitutes good, … [Read more]

National orders for STIAS fellow Mathatha Tsedu

National orders for STIAS fellow Mathatha Tsedu

Mathatha Tsedu with his wife Marubini Tsedu STIAS is delighted to announce that fellow Mathatha Tsedu will be honoured by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, during the awarding of National Orders at a ceremony in Tshwane on 25 April 2019. Former City Press editor and former SABC board member Tsedu will receive the … [Read more]

Examining the new middle class in Africa - Fellows’ seminar by Deborah James, Carola Lentz, Isidore Lobnibe and Thabisani Ndlovu

Examining the new middle class in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Deborah James, Carola Lentz, Isidore Lobnibe and Thabisani Ndlovu

“Paradoxically, while in Europe and America the old middle class is said to be in crisis, its newer incarnation in the Global South is celebrated as being on the rise. The growth of this class owes itself, in some settings, to the extension of consumer credit to those who were formerly denied it, enabling new … [Read more]

Thinking comparatively across two post-colonial cities: Nairobi and Singapore in the 1970s - Fellows’ seminar by Anne Pitcher

Thinking comparatively across two post-colonial cities: Nairobi and Singapore in the 1970s – Fellows’ seminar by Anne Pitcher

STIAS fellow Anne Pitcher, Professor of Political Science and African Studies at the University of Michigan, provided a detailed study of a confidential report on housing provision that was based on a visit to Singapore by Kenyan bureaucrats in 1971. She highlighted the exchange between Singapore and Nairobi as an early example of policy emulation … [Read more]

Bolder action needed for health in Africa - policy brief on prevention of non-communicable diseases

Bolder action needed for health in Africa – policy brief on prevention of non-communicable diseases

“To prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) we need to build systems for health not just health systems,” said Tolu Oni, Public Health Physician and Clinical Senior Research Associate at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge; Honorary Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town; STIAS Iso Lomso fellow … [Read more]

Regulating Uber: The politics of the platform economy - Public lecture by Kathleen Thelen

Regulating Uber: The politics of the platform economy – Public lecture by Kathleen Thelen

“Lessons from the rich democracies show that Uber can be regulated but countries have to act quickly or mobilise consumers to the cause. Once Uber has established a large, loyal and addicted consumer base, it’s hard to take away – no politician wants to be the one to take away consumer accessibility,” said Kathleen Thelen, … [Read more]

Getting under the skin of a city - Fellows' seminar by António Tomás

Getting under the skin of a city – Fellows’ seminar by António Tomás

“Focusing on the differences between cities in the Global North and South, and the concept of Southern Urbanism is central to many bodies of literature. Theories have emphasised the differences – mostly the primitive in relation to the civilised. I think we need new ways to engage with cities in the Global South. I’d like … [Read more]

Global trade perspectives - Brexit, trade wars and the demise of multilateralism  -  Fellows’ seminar by Andreas Freytag

Global trade perspectives – Brexit, trade wars and the demise of multilateralism – Fellows’ seminar by Andreas Freytag

“The world trading order has come under stress in the last years. Although many assign this to the election of Donald Trump as 45th US President, the roots are deeper. Soon after the Doha-Round had been initiated, the multilateral negotiations stalled. As a consequence, World Trade Organization (WTO) members eager to further reduce trade barriers … [Read more]