Research Projects

Research Projects

Current research projects include:

  1. A proposed major mixed-methods investigation into former Bantustans in South Africa investigating urban governance from the perspectives of migrant civil servants and residents in both former Bantustan capital cities and peri-urban townships (planned dissertation topic);

  2. 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;

  3. 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;

  4. An historical examination of Jane Jacobs’ professional engagement with philanthropy and foundations’ urban development programs, in ways that both shaped/informed her work and the field of urban grantmaking, drawing on comprehensive archival analysis at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC);

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

  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; and

  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.  

© 2021 by Stefan Peter Norgaard

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