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Ruth is an Urban and Development Geographer whose core research interests lie in understanding power and governance dynamics within urban spaces of the Global South using the lens of housing and energy infrastructure delivery. Ruth taught in the Departments of Geography and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Free State (South Africa) for many years before joining the University of Cambridge in 2017 on a British Academy funded project in India and South Africa. She has been part of several research projects with organisations such as the South African Cities Network (SACN), the Centre for Development Support (CDS), the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), and the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). She has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals on topics of urban and city development and her work has been featured in local newspapers and online news platforms. Ruth co-authored the book Urban Geography in South Africa – Perspectives and Theory, which was published in 2019. Ruth holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and is an NRF Y2-rated scholar.     

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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