Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town, where he is also the founding director the African Centre for Cities and a Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics. Previously, he served as Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape Provincial Government in South Africa and, before that, directed a number of urban policy think tanks.

His most recent book is: City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (2008). He has also edited or co-edited the following recent works: Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (in press); Africa’s Urban Revolution (forthcoming); African Cities Reader II: Mobility & Fixitures (2011); Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town region (2010); African Cities Reader: Pan-African Practices (2010); Consolidating Developmental Local Government (2008) and a notable earlier book: Voices of the Transition: The Politics, Poetics and Practices of Development in South Africa (2004). Pieterse’s research stems from the boderzone between geography, planning and cultural studies with a strong orientation towards political philosophy. As a result his research is wide-ranging, covering themes such as African urbanism, cultural planning, regional development, governance, sustainable infrastructure transitions, and macro sustainable development issues.

Professor Pieterse is a founding member of Isandla Institute, serves on the Boards of the Sustainability Institute and the Open Society Foundation of South Africa; and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of: the Gauteng City-region Observatory, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LSE Cities, and the Low Carbon Mobility Stakeholder Board of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Pieterse is presently Chairperson of the Panel of Experts working on a National Urban Policy Framework for South Africa. He holds a PhD from London School of Economics.