A polymorphic state and (the limits of) ‘big’ real estate in two Cities of the South
Funding period: 22 January 2024 – 20 July 2024
Type of funding: International Fellowship
Sarita Pillay Gonzalez is based in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies (GAES) at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg. There, she teaches human geography. Sarita is also a member of the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) in the School of Architecture and Planning (SoAP) at WITS.
Sarita’s work focuses on real estate and how the multifarity of the state can be revealed through the built environment. She has conducted research in Johannesburg and Bangalore. Her work explores themes related to sociospatial inequality post-apartheid and post-liberalisation, statecraft, financialization, heterogenous forms of real estate, and state polymorphism.