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Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cape Town

Martin Magidi joined the African Centre for Cities as a Postdoctoral Researcher in June 2019. His work is part of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Pan-African College on Sustainable Cities programme – a research college made up of researchers from five African universities (University of Ghana, University of Nairobi, the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources (Ghana), the University of Cape Town and Wits University). Martin does research on sustainable urbanisation in Africa cities, with a special interest auto-construction, informality and urban sprawl in Cape Town. He is also interested in urban informality in its various facets; housing, planning, livelihoods, SMEs/businesses and its governance. He holds a PhD in Development Studies (Urban Development) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Built Environment and Development. His PhD study unpacked urban livelihoods after deindustrialisation in Zimbabwe – a research that cemented his interest in urban studies and development. Prior to joining ACC, he worked in academic research, public health research, post-conflict environmental rehabilitation projects as well as high school teaching.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Cape Town


  • 2019 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, DPhil