Bronwyn Kotzen

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Bronwyn Kotzen joins WiSER as a Visiting Research Fellow from January 2020. Bronwyn is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Cape Town. Her doctoral research focuses on the political economy of materiality in urban Africa by tracing Pan-African cement flows and is supported by Emory University’s African Critical Enquiry Programme and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.Bronwyn’s broader research explores the interstices between materiality, politics and place in rapidly developing urban centres. She has written on these topics in numerous publications including articles, book reviews, and authored chapters in edited book volumes.  Bronwyn co-edited the LSE Cities publication Reconstructing Saravejo: Negotiating Socio-political Complexity and authored an article in the same publication. She has won multiple research grants including the South African National Presidency Grant for her research on Infrastructures of Transformation.

Bronwyn has led and worked on numerous interdisciplinary projects as an architect, researcher, editor, curator and designer in South Africa and New York. She has been employed as a researching editor for the Desk for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) at the Swiss Embassy in South Africa, as a project director for ETH Zurich’s Urban Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban planning, as a researcher for WITS’ Public Affairs Research Institute and as a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Witwatersrand. She has also been a guest lecturer and critic at numerous institutions. Bronwyn holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master of Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand. She is also an alumnus of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth CSCLeaders programme.