The Urban Question in Namibia: a Bibliography

The urban question in Namibia remains a neglected field of inquiry. Much of the research in Namibia focuses on agricultural, “natural”, and other processes taking place is less-inhabited places. The perception that most of the country is “nature” is also a mental conception produced through the legacies of colonisation and apartheid. Today, however, most of those living in Namibia find themselves living in one of the 57 proclaimed urban areas; and projections indicate this will raise up to 70% in the coming three decades.

NUST-GIZ Grant Agreement on Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Development

Supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and based at NUST.

The aim is to support knowledge and capacity development activities to support inclusive and sustainable urban development in partnership with stakeholders locally and abroad.

The grant is based at the Integrated Land Management Institute to facilitate cross-university engagement around matters of sustainable and inclusive urban development. It runs from June 2021 until March 2023, and entails four activities:

Online/live discussion on the proposed Spatial Development Framework for Swakopmund

Thursday, July 16th, 14-15.30h, through a blended modality accommodating both live and online discussions in light of COVID-19 regulations.

See video of the session here: https://youtu.be/8P55soXU_Og, and download a summary of the key points HERE.

Peri-Urban Resilient Ecosystems (PURE)

The Peri-Urban Resilient Ecosystems (PURE) is a research project which addresses the challenge of representative climate resilient urban strategies in dryland Windhoek, Namibia, as a means to enhance future health, wellbeing and economic development. The project aims to apply an innovative values-based scenario tool to develop urban policy informed by multiple stakeholder value systems (e.g. municipal authorities, urban planners, marginalised and informal communities).

Doing research on socio-spatial development in Namibia: Lunch lecture + Workshop with Dr Lalli Metsola (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019; Seminar Room, Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning
Lecture: 12h30-14h00
Workshop: 14h-16h00   

See photos of the event here.

Read Dr Metsola's presentation here.