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- Electrical Power Engineering
- Electronic and Computer Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Town and Regional Planning
- Urban Futures Centre
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|Richard John Ahlschlager
Dissertation Title: A framework for implementing sustainable development for cities based primarily on a value based system thinking approach.
Research interests: With widespread and growing urbanisation, many cities seem to be struggling to develop along a sustainable trajectory. I am interested in assessing approaches based on formulation of the developmental value based mission for beneficiaries, the developmental context from a system perspective and the primary mechanism of governance and implementation within an increasingly complex and ambiguous environment.
Dissertation Title: ‘A model for high quality, integrated high-rise urban living: Learning from Durban’s beachfront.’
Research interests: Co-creation, the ‘modern family’ and the New Commons, Spatializing South African identity, culture and community, Urban verticality and spatial justice: Mixed-income high density housing, Architecture, fear and joy.
|Mohammud Anwar Noorani Jahangeer
Dissertation Title: ‘Shifting Territories: Towards a methodology for a creative emancipatory approach to place-making, the role of spaza shops in Cornubia, Blackburn, KZN.’
Research interests: Creativity.
Dissertation Title: Learning with Informal Waste Pickers in Durban: Lessons for waste picker integration into environmentally just municipal waste management systems.
Research interests: Informal work, informal settlements; Participatory planning; urban and rural planning and development; Circular economy; Southern urbanism; environmental, spatial and social justice.
Dissertation Title: ‘Mixed-income Housing Models as Enhanced Housing Delivery Model in South Africa: A Comparative Focus on Cornubia in Durban and Cosmocity in Johannesburg.’
Research interests: Low-cost Housing, Mixed-income Housing, Mega Human Settlements, Inclusive Cities.
|Mthabiso Lethukuthula Phungula
Dissertation Title: “Problematizing gender in actions for transformative climate adaptation in eThekwini Municipality: towards localizing efforts to address global environmental change.”
Research interests: Urban development, climate adaptation, sustainability, and human geography.
Dissertation Title: ‘Dilemmas and solutions for developing an effective management arrangement for community driven public art: An exploration of Cosmo City.’
Research interests: As an artist and researcher, I’m interested in interdisciplinary and participatory practices, and the place of art in a social context. Through site-specific work and participatory practice, I have worked collaboratively with theatre makers, choreographers and researchers on various projects, to develop alternative ways of perceiving and engaging with a city.
Dissertation Title: ‘An ethnography of street level whoonga use: exploring survival strategies, social capital and moral economy.’
Doctoral Students (Graduated)
Dissertation Title: ‘The role of business support interventions in promoting spatial justice: A case study of informal economic development in a residential zone, eThekwini (Ward 68)’
Research interests: Urban everything
Dissertation Title: ‘Urban Transformation at a local level: The case of Durban’s 100 resilient cities campaigning’
Research interests: Urban Governance, Urbanisation, Resilience and Transformation, Human Geography
Dissertation Title: Deviance or Counter-Culture: Tattooing within the Durban Metro Police Department
Research interests: The Struggle for Non-Racial Sport; The history of costume in the Durban Local History Museums Collection; Liberation Heritage Route; Reflections of the COVID-19 pandemic within the eThekwini Municipality; “Coloured Identity” within eThekwini Municipality.
Luvolwethu Brilliant Khasa
Research interests: Health Sciences, Psychosocial issues and Homoeopathy
Research interests: Holistic Treatment of ADHD, The Psychological Approach to Video Games.
Masters Students (Graduated)
Research interests: Informal settlements, Rural development, Participatory planning, Informal economy