Dr Bradley Rink

geographer, mobilities scholar, urban explorer

Academic Profile

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.

Contact details, biography and research pages:

UWC Biography

UWC Research Repository Profile

Quartered City blog

ORCID Profile

Education

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


Awards

  • 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


Professional Experience

2018-present

Senior Lecturer, University of the Western Cape, Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism

  • Teaching of undergraduate (5 modules) and postgraduate (2 modules) modules;
  • Research and supervision of postgraduate students;
  • Network coordination of UWC Faculty of Arts’ participation in the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne)
  • Faculty and national teaching award recipient


2015-2017

Lecturer, University of the Western Cape, Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism

  • Teaching of undergraduate (6 modules) and postgraduate (2 modules) modules;
  • Research and supervision of postgraduate students;
  • Coordination of Departmental Seminar Series;
  • Network coordination of UWC Faculty of Arts’ participation in the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne)


2011-2014

Lecturer and MPhil Course Convener, University of Cape Town

Joint Appointment: Department of Environmental & Geographical Science; and African Climate & Development Initiative

  • Taught undergraduate (3 modules) and postgraduate (3 modules) modules in human geography;
  • Established and convened a transdisciplinary MSc/MPhil degree programme across 5 Faculties;
  • Supervision of postgraduate students (honours and masters)


2006-2011

Programme Director and Lecturer, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and University of Stellenbosch Postgraduate & International Office

  • Oversight and teaching for CIEE international student mobility programme

NB: Prior to 2006 I held a variety of posts in higher education that did not qualify for academic rank. In all cases I was administering international student mobility programmes in the USA, South Africa and elsewhere. Although those roles were formative in my development as a teacher and researcher, they are not detailed in this e-portfolio.