Research Projects

Research Projects

Current research projects include:

  1. An inquiry into whether and how Specialized Agrarian Industrial Districts, or SAIDs, might supplant or ameliorate international divisions of capital and labor and their associated outputs in regional clusters;

  2. An examination of Johannesburg, South Africa’s Ponte City Tower as physical embodiment of changing governing regimes and resident re-appropriation from apartheid to post-apartheid liberal democracy;

  3. A secondary-source review of rural and urban development projects in Ethiopia (namely the Gibe III Dam and the New Ethiopian Sustainable Town Initiative) as they relate to broader theologies of development;

  4.  An examination of “special districts” in Colorado in comparison with municipal governments, drawing on theoretical and empirical methods;

  5. A proposed major mixed-methods investigation into former Bantustans in South Africa investigating urban governance from the perspectives of migrant civil servants and residents;

  6. An examination of public-private arrangements, governance, “zones of exception,” and racialized/gendered labor, drawing on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in former South African Bantustans;

  7. An examination of ‘muscle memories’ of violence using a theoretical framework of genre knowledge and the empirical case of South Africa’s COVID response;

  8. An engagement with the photography of South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky and his work on securitization in Johannesburg;

  9. An archival, geospatial, and quantitative inquiry into the scope and nature of violence in Tancítaro, Michoacán, México;

  10. A proposed, mixed-methods investigation into the recombinant spatial form of the former Bantustan in South Africa, and how layered legacies of ‘Bantustanization’ shape urban governance outcomes today; and

  11. A final major research project, in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Quinton Mayne, focuses on the political economy of biking and biking policy in historical and comparative perspective through the lens of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

© 2019 by Stefan Peter Norgaard

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