2017

3D Print a House for Development (3D – H – 4D): Prototyping Climate Change Adaptation in African Urban Planning

The news that a Chinese company has successfully 3D printed ten houses in 24 hours rapidly, cheaply and with a bare-bones workforce offers a window into the future for sustainable development in Africa’s urban planning. On top of cost, time and labour benefits, there are other affordances in the 3D printing of houses that are … [Read more]

Assessment of social-economic impacts of invasive cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) to rural livelihoods and their environment in the Drylands of Kenya

Invasive alien plant species are one of the major drivers of global ecosystem change and the most serious threats to ecological, economic and social well-being. Their current spread is damaging livelihoods in rural areas by increasing poverty while simultaneously affecting biological diversity. Like many other countries, Kenya is faced with the problem of increased occurrence … [Read more]

The challenges and options in relation to water security for groundwater-dependent urban settlements located in fragile regions of Kenya

Many towns in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (and to a lesser extent, sub-humid zones) rely largely or exclusively on groundwater for public and private water supply. Urban water service delivery in such areas faces significant challenges through the intersection of higher poverty rates, inadequate and more variable water sources, smaller towns with lower economies … [Read more]

Addressing the Need for a Rapid Diagnostic for Childhood Tuberculosis

TB rates are at unprecedented high levels in sub Saharan Africa [2]. TB Incidence in South Africa, estimated at 1,000 per 100,000, is the world’s third highest; 65% of TB patients are HIV coinfected [2]. Children in resource-limited settings with high burden of TB and HIV suffer substantial, but often underappreciated TB disease burden. Young … [Read more]

Faith and Fabric

Relations between “faith” and the “fabric” – whether political, social, economic, cultural or moral – of communities, societies and the global world are increasingly studied in many disciplines, not primarily because of the popular claim that “religion is back” and the fact that the so-called secularization theory is today rejected by many, but rather since … [Read more]

The African Resistance Movement: A Cultural History

This project (and the book that will follow) is a cultural history of the ARM, the African Resistance Movement, which despite the elevation of its name, was a group of no more than fifty mainly liberal , anti – communist idealists who formed an underground movement in South Africa in 1960 and embarked on a … [Read more]

Nietzsche and the alleged European nature of nihilism

I will elaborate Nietzsche’s idea of the European character of nihilism in discussion with philosophers from other cultures, or at least from other parts of the world (including Brazil and South Africa), who all are interested and prepared to cooperate. The project will be guided by several questions: (a) what are Nietzsche’s reasons to call … [Read more]

Interrogating Blackness, Locating ‘Africanness’: Call-and-Response in the (literary) works of Toni Morrison and Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi

This project offers a fresh, comparative, transatlantic and transnational analysis of leading African-American author, Toni Morrison’s, work on blackness through the diasporic lens of contemporary female writers of the African diaspora, Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Taiye Selasi. The project explores how a selection of their texts speak (back) to, in order … [Read more]

The public sphere in African political thought

This research project aim is to contribute to the quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa. The goal in this regard is to develop alternative ways of making political ideas and values of traditional Africa relevant for modern times. Specifically, aiming to critically reconstruct the ideas embedded in the conceptual metaphors for the … [Read more]

Health in All policies: Healthy housing policies to address the risk and burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases

Urbanization is restructuring the nature of cities, particularly in South Africa (SA) and Africa, where informality is on the rise. These living conditions are associated with high levels of health disparities and inequities, and the urban poor are often exposed to poor housing conditions associated with an increased risk of infectious and chronic respiratory conditions. … [Read more]