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Dean Theophilus Nethiekreethum Andrew Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment: Professor Theo Andrew
Tel: 031 373 2762
Fax: 031 373 2668
Email: tandrew@dut.ac.za
Location: S6, Level 4
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Bio: Professor Theo Andrew qualified and worked, lectured, and consulted in the field of Electrical Engineering for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), and served as its KZN Branch Chair and Honorary Vice-President, and as one of its Vice-Presidents. He is also a member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and a founding member of the Board of the South African Society for Engineering Educators (SASEE). Professor Andrew is a member of the Higher Education Quality Council of South Africa.

Prof Monique Marks
Tel: 031 373 2180
Email: moniquem@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Bio: Prof Monique Marks currently heads up the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology (UFC@DUT). Initially trained as a social worker, she has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Natal, and writes predominantly in the field of criminology. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, police labour relations, police organizational change and security governance. She has published four books: Young Warriors: Youth Identity, Politics and Violence in South Africa; Transforming the Robocops: Changing Police in South Africa; and Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions (edited with Anne-Marie Singh and Megan O’Neill) and Police Reform from the Bottom Up (edited with David Sklansky). She has also published over 45 peer reviewed articles and numerous reports. She sits on a number of journal editorial boards as well as the Board of Trustees of the Safer South Africa Foundation. She is a B-rated researcher, indicating that she has substantial international recognition. In her research work on security governance she has forged close relations with government, both local and national. Monique also runs a large community engagement project in Durban’s largest low income municipal housing estate, Kenneth Gardens.

Dr Kira Erwin
Tel: 031 373 2017
Email: kirae@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Bio: Kira Erwin completed her MPhil at Cambridge (UK) and her PHD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Kira’s training is in sociology and her focus areas include race, the intersections of social identities and urban ethnography. She is also interested in how ideas around participation shape academic and civic practices in South Africa, and elsewhere.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows


Dr Marc Kalina
Email: MarcK@dut.ac.za

Bio: Marc Kalina is a human geographer working on driving the development of innovative and participative qualitative methodologies. Marc holds a M.A. in Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests include infrastructure, participatory governance, informality, and access to public space. He writes a popular blog, The Glenwood Collective which examines these issues within a Durban context, while exploring connections between the inner city and the suburbs. Marc is best known internationally for his work on rural infrastructure extension and has conducted extensive qualitative research throughout southeast Africa.

Dr Sogen Moodley
Tel: 031 373 2672
Email: sogendrenm@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Bio: Sogen Moodley, who holds a PhD in urban planning worked as a Senior Manager in the Office of the City Manager at the eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa. He is known internationally for his knowledge in in urban strategic planning and City-to-City (C2C) learning through his position as Technical Chair of the C2C Learning Forum of the international United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He has published extensively on urban strategic planning with his seminal work Making City Strategy Come Alive launched at the Cities Alliance conference in 2004. He documented the eThekwini Municipality’s community-led long-term planning process which he championed, in his second book The Power of Imagination: Long Term Planning for City Sustainability.  He conceptualized and managed the Municipal Institute of Learning (www.mile.org.za)- a knowledge management initiative that promoted knowledge networks and supported local governments in the global South for nine years. He transitioned into the world of academia from September 2017, joining the Durban University of Technology (DUT) as a Research Associate at the Town & Regional Planning Department and post- doctoral fellow at the Urban Futures Centre. He is also an external examiner at Wits University and offers a private strategic planning and facilitation service.

Research Associates

Glen Robbins
Email: robbinsdgd@gmail.com

Bio: Glen Robbins is a DUT UFC Honorary Research Fellow and a Research Associate at PRISM at UCT.  His main research interests are those related to regional and urban economic development in South Africa.  In recent years he has been collaborating with colleagues at a number of universities on a project called Chance2Sustain exploring selected fast growing cities in India, Peru, Brazil and South Africa.  He has also worked extensively on issues related to employment and industrial development, including on a recent European Union funded project under the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) on manufacturing in eThekwini/Durban.

Project Coordinators

Dr Tamlynn Fleetwood
Email: TamlynnF@dut.ac.za

Projects: Narratives of Home and Neighbourhood: Reimaging Possibilities for Urban Planning and Migration and the Inclusive City.

Sibonelo Gumede
Email: sibonelog@dut.ac.za
Projects: Opioid Substitution Therapy

Support Staff

Fathima Bi Bi Ally
Tel: 031 373 2100
Email: fathimaa1@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus