In 2020, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with the South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES) will introduce the Strong Cities 2030 scholarship programme for eligible PhD students with research interests in the Strong Cities 2030 agenda.
With the introduction of the Strong Cities 2030 scholarship programme, KAS intends to build research capacity in the field of urban governance and law, which will provide policy makers and urban development planners with much needed expertise and hence will promote sustainable urban development in South Africa and the region.
CLES, a research partner in the Strong Cities 2030 initiative, forms part of the Research Union on Law, Justice and Sustainability of the Faculty of Law of the North-West University in South Africa. The Chair’s objective is to enhance research capacity building among emerging researchers and research outputs in the field of sustainable urban development in South Africa, Africa and beyond.
The idea of a research chair devoted to the topic of cities, law and environmental sustainability is imbedded in the negative impact and opportunities posed by phenomena such as the globalisation of urban governance, unprecedented urbanisation on the African continent, the adoption of an urban goal in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the contribution of cities to global climate change and the growing need for improved environmental service delivery in metropolitan areas, medium-sized cities and smaller towns.
CLES is devoted to legal scholarship and research skills development for sustainable urban development in South Africa, the broader African region and beyond. To this end, the Chair is host to a number of postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students furthering their studies in the intersecting field of law, governance, urban development and environmental sustainability. The Chair holder is Prof. Anél du Plessis, an established researcher in the field of local government, environmental law and sustainability governance.