Journal article

(Un)learning the city through crisis: lessons from Cape Town

Enora Robin, Clementine Chazal, Michele Acuto, Rocio Carrero

OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Scholarly research has shown the importance of moments of crisis, in particular the direct aftermath of urban crises, as opportunities to learn about urban vulnerabilities. However, if it is widely assumed that learning is important, in particular for resilience-building, we still know very little about how such learning occurs in a moment of crisis. This paper starts addressing this gap, arguing that moments of crisis constitute a specific type of ‘learning space’. This proposition is taken forward through the analysis of a large-scale (social and humanitarian) urban crisis in the city of Cape Town. The paper maps out the emergence of multi-stakeholder knowledge networks throughout the cris..

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Our thanks go first and foremost to the participants who took part in this study and provided insights and help in tracing the complex ramifications of anti-migrant violence in the South African context. We would like to thank Keri Facer for organising this special issue and for inviting us to contribute, and the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful feedback. This research was supported by an internal grant from the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London.