Academic Profile

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I am a human geographer, focusing my research and teaching on mobilities, tourism and urban place-making.  My interest in mobilities research and teaching is grounded in the social aspects of moving in and through cities of the global South, and in the particular mobility strategies, moorings and challenges that emerge.  I am concerned with the relational aspects of people, objects and ideas in/around the urban environment, and my research aims to better understand mobilities in Cape Town as elsewhere, and its contribution to our understanding of relationships between urban dwellers and the cities in which they live.

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UWC Biography


Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental & Geographical Science (Human Geography), 2008
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Department of Environmental and Geographical Science (Faculty of Humanities)
Thesis: Village People: Quartering De Waterkant in discourse and bricks (Supervisor: Sophie Oldfield)

Master of Arts, Geography, 1998
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont USA
Thesis: Moments in the Narrative Landscape of the Bishop Hill Colony 1846-1861: A Vision of Landscape as Utopia (Supervisor: Matthew Hannah)

Master of International Administration, 1995
SIT Graduate Institute (School for International Training), Brattleboro, Vermont USA
Thesis: Study Abroad and the Art of the (L)attitude Adjustment

Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, 1990
Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA


  • CHE-HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award 2017 - Council on Higher Education (South Africa)/Higher Education Learning & Teaching Association of Southern Africa

  • Faculty Teaching & Learning Award 2017, University of the Western Cape, Faculty of Arts - Emerging Teacher Award

  • Faculty of Arts Research Award 2016, University of the Western Cape, Faculty of Arts - Best article by a Lecturer/Associate Lecturer