Inequality, Citizenship and Spatial Dynamics in South African Cities (Video)

Patrick Heller is the Lyn Crost Professorship of Social Sciences at Brown University and Director of the Graduate Program in Development at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Professor Heller’s main area of research is the comparative study of social inequality, accountability, service deliverability, and democratic deepening in the burgeoning cities of South Africa, India and Brazil. He is the author of The Labor of Development: Workers in the Transformation of Capitalism in Kerala, India (Cornell 1999), co-author of Social Democracy and the Global Periphery (Cambridge 2006), and co-author of Bootstrapping Democracy: Transforming Local Governance and Civil Society in Brazil (Stanford 2011). Heller’s methodology combines historical structural analysis, field work and the use of GIS mapping in order to assess how the transition to democracy has impacted the spatial transformation of the post-apartheid cities of South Africa.