Other Partners and Networks

During the course of its project work, AAPS has established contacts and working relations with a number of international research and educational institutions. Click on the links below to read more about these institutions and their current areas of work.

African Centre for Cities

The African Centre for Cities (ACC) is a platform for interdisciplinary, applied urban research located at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. ACC seeks to facilitate critical urban research and policy discourses for the promotion of vibrant, democratic and sustainable urban development in the global South from an African perspective. ACC coordinates an MPhil programme in Urban Infrastructure: Design and Management.


The UrbanAfrica.net website is an online portal for accessing news and information about African cities. The site aggregates news and resources from other web sources and features original content written by journalists and bloggers based in a wide range of African cities. UrbanAfrica.net also hosts original book reviews and provides information on upcoming events in the African urban field. The site is hosted by the African Centre for Cities.

Indian Institute for Human Settlements

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS aims to establish an independently funded and managed National University for Research and Innovation focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s urban transition. IIHS will host an integrated programme of quality campus-based education and research, training and lifelong learning for working professionals, distance and blended learning, as well as a whole array of practice and advisory services. The university will have a strong interdisciplinary orientation bringing together theory and praxis that is grounded in the South Asian context and also engages with and draws from knowledge across the globe.

Observatório das Metrópoles

Observatório das Metrópoles is a Brazilian urban research network aggregating 159 researchers and 59 university institutions, as well as both governmental (state and city-level) and non-governmental institutions, under the overall coordination of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Urban LandMark

‘Urban LandMark’ is the shortened name for the Urban Land Markets Programme Southern Africa. Based in Pretoria, the programme was set up in May 2006 with seven years’ of funding from the UK’s Department for International Development, lasting until March 2013. The initiative is now hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. Urban LandMark conducts research, professional development and advocacy activities to improve access to land and property rights for the urban poor.