I’m interested in, sometimes mad and/or passionate about, the politics of streets. In particular, I’m interested in hidden engineering or planning practices and how people, systems and things do their valuing work in our world. I’m curious about how ways of valuing get reproduced and embedded in cities. The stubborn-ness of some human values and the transience of others.
I hanker for and try and work towards more humanity in road planning practices. I’m a proud co-founder and Board member of Open Streets Cape Town, a non-profit which works to connect people and build shared spaces respectfully. I like to knit together different ways of thinking from engineering, systems thinking, sociology and psychology.
I work as a freelance academic writer, researcher and activist and I draw on Science and Technology Studies writers to do my research work. I’m particularly influenced by the work of John Law and work on material semiotics. I’m an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Transport Studies at UCT. My PhD was a case study of the “unfinished” Foreshore Freeways in Cape Town, and asked “how do roads get to be the way they are?” I’m currently working with the GCRO on a research piece looking at the role technologies have played in the strong reactions of people to e-tolling.
And I like to support others, especially women and parents, chasing their dreams in post-graduate and PhD worlds.