Dr Nancy Odendaal

Funding period: 30 June 2015 – 30 September 2015
Type of funding: International Fellowship

Nancy’s work focuses on three, often overlapping, areas of research: spatial planning, planning education and urban infrastructure. She has published on the role of technology in urban change, the use of technological tools in the urban planning process and the relationship between spatial change, service delivery and networked infrastructure. Recent work on planning education and research methodology in Africa has reinforced an interest in the efficacy of planning practice and the role of experiential learning and practice-based research in enabling contextual relevance in planning training. Her current work focuses on infrastructure and spatial change in cities of the global South.

Nancy completed her Fellowship in 2015, as part of her sabbatical leave from the University of Cape Town, where she is currently Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning.

Fellowship Publications

Odendaal, N., & Mccann, A. (2016). ‘Spatial planning in the global South: reflections on the Cape Town Spatial Development Framework’, International Development Planning Review, 38/4: 405–23. DOI: 10.3828/idpr.2016.23

Odendaal, N. (2015). ‘Getting Smart about Smart Cities in Cape Town: Beyond the Rhetoric’. Marvin S., Luque-Ayala A., & McFarlane C. (eds) Smart Urbanism: Utopian Vision or False dawn? Routledge: London.

Mitchell, H., & Odendaal, N. (2015). ‘From the Fringes: South Africa’s Smart Township Citizens’. Citizen’s Right to the Digital City: Urban Interfaces, Activism, and Placemaking. Springer: Singapore. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-919-6_8