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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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  • Climate Resilience
  • Urban Resilience
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Urban Governance
  • Urban Planning
  • Southern Urbanism
  • Urban Food Systems

“Hybrid Infrastructures: Expanding Spatial Typologies for Electricity constellations in Durban and Cape Town” (working title)

As in most cities of the Global South, electricity access in South Africa is not exclusively through a homogenous infrastructural network but rather it is improvised and co-produced. The resulting infrastructures are neither entirely the work of service providers nor of users, rather they are ‘hybrids’, co-produced by both residents and service providers. While most of the everyday urbanism literature on hybrid infrastructures has mobilised the concept to explore the unequal geographies of infrastructure access usually at a micro (household) scale, there has not been adequate work focusing on different urban scales, different income groups, land uses as well as intra and intercity comparisons. In this research we draw on a spatial typology of electricity by Koepke et al. (2021) to explore how hybrid electricity infrastructures manifest in spatially distinct forms within and between the cities, shaped by environmental factors and urbanisation processes in Durban and Cape Town. In doing this, we seek to expand the range, methods and ways of analysing hybrid infrastructures in Global South cities.

Professional Training
10/2022 – present PhD Researcher at Research Training Group KRITIS, TU Darmstadt
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
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Zimbabwe Institute for Regional and Urban Planners (ZIRUP)

South African Council For Planners (SACPLAN)