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Knowledge Transfer Programme

The purpose of the Knowledge Transfer Programme is to explore institutional collaboration between the university and municipal authorities, in the interest of sustainable and just cities. The project has been running since 2012, and is currently in its second phase.

The first phase involved 4 PhD researchers being embedded in various departments within the City of Cape Town. In addition, a writers exchange was organised where academics and municipal officials co-authored academic articles. Given the success of phase one – in academic output and influencing policy – a second phase was conceived.

Two PhD researchers (Sean Cooke and Craig Davies) have been embedded in the City of Cape Town in the Transport and Development Authority and in 2018 will be commencing the second year of their PhDs. In support of the research, a transit-oriented development (TOD) working group will be convened in collaboration with other embedded researchers, academics from the Centre for Transport Studies at UCT and members of the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) who are also working on TOD. 

Dr Sylvia Croese will be embedded in Operations Policy Management, and will be focusing on researching the implementation of SDGs, the New Agenda and 100 Resilient Cities as part of the comparative SDG project. A reference group of experts from the City of Cape Town and relevant research units is being convened to support the research process. 

An embedded researcher will also be placed between the Arts and Culture and Architecture departments within the Social Services Directorate. The embedded researcher will be working on cultural policy and planning. The researcher will be part of a cultural planning research team between the City of Cape Town and the ACC. 

The follow-up book on climate change in Cape Town co-produced by City officials and UCT academics (edited by Di Scott, Mark New and Helen Davies) will be published by UCT Press in 2018. There will be further rounds of the CTLIP City officials exchange programme, whereby officials from the City of Cape Town document and reflect on their practice, and write scientific articles together with academics. 

Reflections across all of these experiments will be shared comparatively with SKLIP in a series of workshops in 2018. We will also explore the possibility of developing training materials related to embedded research PhDs in 2018.

Project members

  • Rike Sitas

    Ph.D. Researcher at ACC since 2013. Coordinates Mistra Urban Futures, UrbanAfrica.net, Cities Alliance Africa Think Tank, Public Art and the Power of Place. Fascinated by the intersection of culture and cities, and more speicifically the role of art in urban life. Unpacking the notions of public space and public life in Southern cityness.

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