Biography

Sophie Oldfield holds the University of Cape Town–University of Basel Professorship in Urban Studies, based at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Her research is grounded in empirical and epistemological questions central to urban theory. Focusing on housing, informality and governance, mobilization and social movement organising, her work pays close attention to political practice and everyday urban geographies, analysing the ways in which citizens and movements craft agency to engage and contest the state. She has a track record of excellence in collaborative research practice, challenging how academics work in and between “university” and “community.”