Prof Edgar Pieterse (pictured), holder of the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy and founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town, introduced to the audience at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre the mission of the ACC to engage in collaborative research imaginative policy discourse and practice to promote sustainable healthy cities. He presented the scope of the ACC’s work at UCT, South Africa, and Africa. In particular, he described the CityLab programme activities including the Healthy Cities lab, which recognizes the role of neighbourhood environment in health and wellbeing and focuses on understanding the relationship between the urban environment and health in Cape Town and on how healthier urban environment can be created. He encouraged all in the audience to take on the challenge to “make a distinction between discipline-based inter-disciplinarity versus issue-driven inter-disciplinarity which focuses on problems that are introduced through policy issues where facts are uncertain, values are in dispute, stakes high, and decisions urgent”.
The Seminar was hosted by Dr Tolu Oni from the Division of Public Health Medicine at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. This seminar forms part of an initiative to build an urban health programme and develop capacity in this field at UCT through coordinated action across departments and faculties in the field of urban health.
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town