Prof. Philip Harrison

PHarrison_Towards 2030: Answering national challenges through research and development

Prof. Philip Harrison
Harrison is the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning funded by the National Research Foundation and hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand. He also served as a member of the National Planning Commission in the Office of the President in a non-executive and part-time role from 2010 to 2015. Previously, Harrison was Executive Director in Development Planning and Urban Management at the City of Johannesburg for four years from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that, he held a number of academic positions at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal, including professor and chair of urban and regional planning at the University of the Witwatersrand from 2001 to 2006. He has published widely internationally in the field of urban planning and urban development with his most recent publication a jointly edited book entitledChanging Space, Changing City: Johannesburg After Apartheid (Wits Press)

About the talk: Harrison will explore the need to move beyond our current disaggregated forms of research and development to an integrated problem-centred approach to decision support. The talk takes as an illustration the challenges that will follow from rapid urban growth in the period leading to 2030, asking how research and development could be better organised to provide a compelling response. It draws on international case material in suggesting new thinking on the role of research and development.

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