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  • Benit Gbaffou, Claire (Critical Dialogue: Public Participation in Review., 208)
    This paper starts with the study of participation patterns in different neighbourhoods in Johannesburg, and demonstrates that institutional channels (be it representative democracy, or various participatory institutions ...
  • Benit Gbaffou, Claire (Wits University Press, Johannesburg, 2011)
    The local level has become since the 1990s an important arena of development of democracy in most countries of the world – in a move sometimes described as part of “the third wave of democratization” (Huntington 1992), ...
  • Todes, Alison; Williamson, Amanda; Sithole, Pearl (HSRC Press, 2007)
    The South African Constitution is one of the most progressive in the world. It demonstrates a commitment to promoting equality for men and women, and entrenches women's rights. This commitment is carried through in several ...
  • Mabin, Alan (Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO), 2013-07)
    This Occasional Paper is one of two that GCRO has commissioned specifically to deepen our understanding of the past of the GCR. Both focus on aspects of the region’s spatial past, and ought to be read together. This paper ...
  • Piper, Laurence; Benit-Gbaffou, Claire (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)
    The formal system of local governance in South Africa has the ‘ward’ as its lowest and smallest electoral level – a spatial unit consisting of between 5000 and 15000 voters. The ward is equivalent to the ‘constituency’ in ...
  • Benit Gbaffou, Claire (Geoforum, 2012)
    Party politics is generally absent from urban governance or urban politics theories or debates, or present only anecdotally or as a ‘black box’, whilst they are more and more described, especially in Cities of the South, ...
  • Benit Gbaffou, Claire (Transformation, 2008)
    This collection of papers attempts to start bringing together these different approaches, relying on different methodologies and disciplines, in order to deepen our understanding of the interaction, at the local level, ...
  • Benit Gbaffou, Claire (Trialog, 2006)
    The paper examines the challenges raised by “partnerships” between state and non-state security stakeholders, relying on two security experiments developed in Johannesburg wealthy neighborhoods. It raises the question ...
  • Bokasa, Patience; Jackson, Ashlyn; Manzini, Siyabonga; Mhlogo, Musa; Mohloboli, Mpho; Nkosi, Malambule; Benit-Gbaffou, Claire (ed) (CUBES (Centre for Urbanism & Built Environment Studies) and Wits School of Architecture, 2014-11)
    It is more than a year after Operation Clean Sweep, where in October 2013 the City of Johannesburg brutally evicted all traders from the streets of inner city Johannesburg. Most of these traders did not belong to street ...
  • Harrison, Kirsten; Phasha, Potsiso (South African Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand together with the Johannesburg Development Agency, City of Johannesburg., 2014-05)
    This paper will focus on Inner City City-commissioned artworks and will explore whose reality the artworks represent in a constantly evolving and complex city and what contribution the pieces make, if any, to modifying ...
  • SMITHERS, MAURICE (South African Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand., 2013-12)
    I fi rst began to work in Yeoville Bellevue in 1997/8. Fifteen years later, I’m refl ecting in this research report on what I and my fellow Yeoville Bellevueites have managed to achieve, individually and collectively, in ...
  • Todes, Alison (Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011, 2011-01-15)
    There is a growing acceptance in international development circles of the contribution a revitalised planning can make to addressing key urban challenges. Current expectations that planning can play roles in managing the ...
  • Todes, Alison (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.2011, 2011-01-15)
    Abstract There is a growing acceptance in international development circles of the contribution a revitalised planning canmake to addressing key urban challenges. Current expectations that planning can play roles in ...
  • Bahman, Dirk; Frenkel, Jason (Report Series produced by the South African Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand., 2012-08)
    currently, there is a proliferation of urban, middle class, creative and alternative developments in Johannesburg that are typifi ed by 44 stanley and Arts on main. these developments are a relatively new phenomenon in the ...
  • Bahmann, Dirk; Frenkel, Jason (2012-08)
    Currently, there is a proliferation of urban, middle class, creative and alternative developments in Johannesburg that are typified by 44 Stanley and Arts on Main. These developments are a relatively new phenomenon in the ...
  • Benit Gbaffou, Claire (Carnets de géographes,, 2010-10)
    This research, undertaken by PLANACT (an NGO) and for which I am playing a role as research adviser, is about the place of residents’ participation in a hostel renovation projecti. The hostelii is located on former mining ...
  • Charlton, Sarah (University of Sheffield, 2013)
    This study investigates the programme’s outcomes in Johannesburg through the perspectives of both RDP beneficiaries and state housing practitioners. Findings transcend the denigration of RDP housing as ‘poorly located’, ...
  • Benit Gbaffou, Claire (Journal of Asian and African Studies, 2011)
    The paper revisits participation and decentralization in relation to local clientelism, arguing that they share the personalization of links between residents and the State and the local possibility to adapt state policies. ...
  • Harrison, Philip; Bobbins, Kerry; Culwick, Christina; Humby, Tracy-Lynn; La Mantia, Costanza; Todes, Alison; Weakley, Dylan (University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng City Region Observatory., 2014)
    Urban resilience is the 'new kid on the block'. Over the past few years the concept has rapidly gained a central place in spatial and urban planning policy in South Africa........(This article)... is not designed as a ...
  • Harrison, Philip; Bobbins, Kerry; Culwick, Christina; Humby, Tracy-Lynn; La Mantia, Costanza; Todes, Alison; Weakley, Dylan (University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng City-Region Observatory, 2014)
    This document was prepared as a contribution to the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) Grand Challenge on Global Change and as a complement to flagship initiatives such as the South African Risk and Vulnerability ...

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