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Anthropologist, University of Cape Town

Wangui Kimari is an anthropologist affiliated with the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. Her work draws on many local histories and theoretical approaches in order to think through urban spatial management in Nairobi from the vantage point of its most marginalised residents. Wangui is also the participatory action research coordinator for the Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC), a community-based organisation in Mathare, Nairobi, and a contributing editor to the online publication Africa Is a Country (AIAC). She is also a co-founder of the Nairobi-based critical urban studies forum: UTA-Do African Cities Workshop, an Urban Studies Foundation (USF) Trustee, and on the editorial boards of Urban Geography, Africa and Nokoko. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from York University, Canada.


  • –present
    Anthropologist, University of Cape Town


  • 2017 
    York University, Canada, PhD