Apply now: PhD workshop on urban food systems governance in Africa

12 Mar 2018
Apply now: PhD workshop on urban food systems governance in Africa

The African Centre for Cities (ACC) has advertised places for a one-week workshop on urban food systems and governance in Africa, to run from 9 to 13 July 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This one-week intensive workshop will focus on the complex dynamics of urban food systems and the governance of these systems in the African context. The workshop aims to critically engage the broader theoretical debates that frame these realities, as well as the everyday practices and politics of the urban food system with a strong focus on urban planning and governance. Participants can expect inputs on the role of informality in urban food systems, supermarketisation, urban food security, food systems planning and the socio-spatial dynamics of food systems. The one day field excursion will illustrate how key themes and concepts of the workshop manifest in the specific urban context of Cape Town. 

The workshop is specifically aimed at capacity building and allows for interaction and feedback for participants’ current doctoral research. It also includes sessions dedicated to supporting the reach of participants’ work through inputs on publishing and influencing policy. 

Who Should Apply

The workshop is aimed primarily at students registered for doctoral work in the areas of urban food security, urban poverty and urban governance, and undertaking fieldwork on the African continent. Academics involved in supervising such doctoral work or undertaking research in this area will also be considered. 


The workshop is free for all successful applicants. 

Successful doctoral and academic staff applicants from the African continent will receive funding for return travel to Cape Town, visas, accomodation in Cape Town for the duration of the workshop, local transportation and supper costs. 

Successful doctoral applicants from outside the African continent as well as any other successful applicants are required to fund their own flights, accomodation and any additional costs. 

Organising Committee

Jane Battersby, ACC, University of Cape Town, South Africa 

Mercy Brown-Luthango: ACC, University of Cape Town, South Africa 

Caroline Skinner: ACC, University of Cape Town, South Africa & WIEGO

Godfrey Tawodzera: Independent Researcher, Cape Town, South Africa 

Vanessa Watson: ACC & School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

How to apply

Applications are now open. 

In order to apply please send the following documents before 30 March 2018, to .

  • A one-page CV
  • A one-page motivation outlining current work and how this course could support the on-going doctoral process
  • Proof of registration at an academic institution 

Responses to applications can be expected by 30 April 2018

This workshop is limited to 20 places, and these will be allocated on merit. Preference will be given to applicants from the African continent who are currently enrolled for doctoral work. 

For more information, please contact Robyn Park-Ross. Click here to download and read the call for applications document.

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