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Romeo Dipura M. Phil.

Research assistant I PhD Student

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Reasearch Training Group KRITIS, Urban and Spatial Sociology


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  • Urban Governance
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Urban Resilience
  • Urban Planning
  • Southern Urbanism

Toward Urban Wastewater Resilience? Governing Heterogenous Sociotechnical Solutions in Cape Town

While there is growing engagement with the concept of resilience in the urban water sector, most of this research has focused on resilience building in water supply infrastructure. Less is known about resilience in the urban wastewater sector, particularly in Southern cities. This thesis examines how resilience-building sociotechnical interventions in Cape Town’s wastewater sector are governed across the neighbourhood and city scale. It explores how actors respond to wastewater management challenges and what synergies, conflicts, and trade-offs emerge. This thesis contributes to understanding the socio-spatially contingent governance of infrastructure change towards resilient urban wastewater systems.

Professional Training
10/2022 – present PhD Researcher at Research Training Group KRITIS, TU Darmstadt and Utrecht University
09/2022 Urban Planner at Arup Private Limited, Zimbabwe
04/2022 Research Assistant for the Global City Leaders Survey, Cornell University, USA
04/2022 Junior Researcher at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
09/2021 Student Assistant at the Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa
02/2021 Research Assistant at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Academic Education
02/2020 – 06/2022 Master of Philosophy in Urban Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa
08/2014 – 07/2018 Bachelor of Science Honours in Rural and Urban Planning, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • Canon Collins scholar
  • African Centre for Cities and Mellon Foundation scholarship
  • ARUP Overall Best Student 2018
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2023 KRITIS System of Systems International Conference

Zimbabwe Institute for Regional and Urban Planners (ZIRUP)

South African Council For Planners (SACPLAN)