Edgar Pieterse is an urban scholar, writer and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of policy discourses and interventions to make the African city more just, open and accessible. He holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town and is director of the African Centre for Cities. Formerly a special policy advisor to the premier of the Western Cape, he is the author of City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (2008). He has also co-edited numerous volumes, including Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town Region (2010), Consolidating Developmental Local Government (2008) and Voices of the Transition: The Politics, Poetics and Practices of Development in South Africa (2004). He is co-editor of the ongoing The African Cities Reader (2010) series. He is Consulting Editor of Cityscapes.