Vernacular Regeneration: Low-income Housing, Private Security and Urban Transition in Inner-city Johannesburg
Funding period: 1 November 2017 – 30 June 2018
Type of funding: International Fellowship
Aiden is based at the University of Johannesburg and Gauten City-Region Observatory, South Africa and will spend nine months visiting LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) under the mentorship of Professor Suzanne Hall. His research focuses on regeneration in inner-city Johannesburg, South Africa. It examines the work being done, primarily by the private sector, to regenerate once-decayed, crime-ridden neighbourhoods and provide housing for low-income communities. It explores the relationship between the local state and the private sector, the effects of market-based solutions on public space, the accessibility of housing in low-income neighbourhoods, policing practices in volatile neighbourhoods, as well as the dynamics of racial transition and emerging forms of belonging in previously racially exclusive areas.