Sandile Mbatha

(University of Stuttgart)

Sandile holds a BA in Political Science and Media Communication (UKZN); Masters in Housing (UKZN); Certificate in Housing Policy Development and Management Programme (Wits); Certificate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Skills Programme (UKZN) and is a PhD at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) where he is investigating informal transaction processes in low income housing in South Africa.
He has worked in both public and non-governmental sector focusing on supporting the water-energy-food nexus through developing and implementing programmes for low income urban and peri-urban communities. During his time at eThekwini Municipality he participated in various water and sanitation educational programmes aimed at fostering development partnerships between the municipality and communities. His work also entailed conducting research on household and community perceptions of water and sanitation provision in the municipality. He established and worked with an NGO called Decentralised Environmental Solutions where he developed and managed programmes intended to support communities and local government in taking advantage of benefits related to the water-energy-food nexus. During this period he worked with international organisations and experts in finding sustainable water and sanitation solutions for urban settlements in developing countries.
He has recently worked at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a junior lecturer in the Housing Programme where he taught Advanced Housing Policy and Finance and Advanced Housing Theory and Practice. His main research interests are in housing and urban informality, peri-urbanism, land and urban citizenship.
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