The Academy for African Urban Diversity is a joint project of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand, the Department of Geography at Durham University, and the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

>> The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is Africa’s leading scholarly institution for research and teaching on human mobility. Established in 1993, ACMS is an independent, interdisciplinary and internationally engaged institution focusing on the relationships among human movement politics, poverty, and social transformation. While oriented towards southern Africa, the Centre conducts collaborative scholarly and policy-oriented work across sub-Saharan Africa, and has partnerships in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It offers Africa’s only post-graduate degrees in migration and displacement studies and provides training to students and professionals on a number of topics including the sociology of migration, mobility and health, human rights, and research methods.While maintaining its scholarly independence, the Centre regularly partners with organisations in government and civil society in identifying data needs, conducting research and shaping policy. Centre staff are also regularly called on to provide expert advice and commentary to international organisations, governments, and the media.
Prof. Loren Landau coordinates the AAUD at the ACMS

The Department of Geography at Durham University is one of the leading centres of geographical research and education in the world. Our ambition is to provide an outstanding education experience for each and every one of our undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for the Department to be a key research node in global networks, known for its agenda-setting research across the range of our specialisms. In Human Geography, our work is organised into four clusters: Economy & Culture; Geographies of Life; Politics-State-Space; and Urban Worlds. In each of these areas our research traces new and emergent processes in a time of rapid change, at scales from the body to the global, in richer and poorer parts of the world. We are committed to using our size and diversity to experiment with new forms of geographical thought to both bring new ideas into conversation with each other and to extend geographical thinking into new domains.
Dr. Léonie Newhouse coordinates the AAUD at Durham University

>> The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity is one of the foremost centers for the multi-disciplinary study of diversity, in its multiple forms, in today’s globalizing world. As societies across the globe become ever more diverse, pressing new challenges emerge to the fore, motivating the study of questions such as the relationship between mobility and inequality; the interaction of globalization, religious diversity, and the secular state; the legal boundaries of cultural accommodation; global cities and super-diversity within them; new forms of membership and belonging; and the trans-bordering networking of ethnic and religious minorities. These thematic clusters provide a glimpse into the foundational queries that animate the rigorous scholarly investigation pursued by researchers at the Institute through a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, political science, and law.
Dr. Serawit B. Debele coordinates the AAUD at the MPI MMG