Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

African Studies Brown Bag Series: Dr. Herrie Schalekamp

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African Studies Brown Bag Series: Dr. Herrie Schalekamp
Paratransit and Public Transit Reform in Sub-Saharan African Cities: Dr. Herrie Schalekamp in conversation with Prof. Jacqueline Klopp
October 14, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
208 Knox Hall (606 W. 122nd St.)

The Institute of African Studies presents the African Studies Brown Bag Series, a new lunchtime series of discussion on contemporary issues of African thought. The series welcomes all for presentations by scholars of African studies followed by open discussion and discourse among all attendees. Lunch will be provided.

Our second session welcomes Dr. Herrie Schalekamp (ACET Research Scholar, Centre for Transport Studies, University of Cape Town) presenting "Paratransit and Public Transit Reform in Sub-Saharan African Cities." Prof. Jacqueline Klopp (Associate Research Scholar, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University) will respond.

Upcoming participants include:
Natacha Nsabimana (Graduate Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University);
Dr. Laurent Fourchard (Director of Research, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Sciences Po Bordeaux; Centre de Recherches Internationales, Paris)

Herrie Schalekamp is the ACET Research Officer at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Transport Studies. Since 2008 he has been involved at the Centre in research, teaching and management. In 2015 he obtained his PhD degree at UCT, and he also holds the degrees of MPhil (Transport Studies), BArch and BAS. In addition to his research, teaching and consulting in the fields of paratransit and public transport reform he is involved in specialised educational programmes for paratransit operators and government officials. Herrie’s activities form part of a broader endeavour to investigate and contribute to improved public transport operations and regulation in Sub-Saharan African cities under ACET – the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport. - See more at:

Jacqueline Klopp is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. Previously, she taught for many years at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where she remains affiliated. Her research focuses at the intersection of sustainable land use, democratization, violence, displacement and corruption. Klopp is the author of articles for Africa Today, African Studies Review, African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Comparative Politics, Forced Migration Review, Urban Forum, World Policy Review among others. She is also a founder and Board member of the Internal Displacement Policy and Advocacy Center (IDPAC) based in Nakuru, Kenya. She is writing a book on the politics of planning in Nairobi and is taking an increasing interest in ICT and questions of public participation in policymaking around planning. Klopp received her B.A. from Harvard University in Physics and her Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.