SITUATED ECOLOGIES gathers art, design and research collaborations to contest and democratise ecologies.

We have moved The Situated UPE Collective’s website! As of 2017, all new Commentaries are posted there!


The list of posts below are the Situated UPE Commentaries between 2014-2017 (these can also be found on the new website, so please link and tweet these from the new website):

“Greening” Spatial Apartheid: Op-ed article on “eco-estates” and urban elite spaces of South Africa

Bruce Baigrie and Henrik Ernstson have just published a critique of “eco-estates” in GroundUp (online Read more

Political Ecology of Urbanization in Latin America: A fertile ground for more situated and just urban ecologies

German Quimbayo Ruiz reports on efforts to develop a Situated UPE approach in Latin America. His co-authored Read more

Waste management in Cape Town: understanding responsibility and labour

Kathleen Stokes reflects on waste management and political ecology in Cape Town. Kathleen is a PhD Read more

The Urban Action Lab at Makerere University is in action!

The Urban Action Lab (UAL) at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda has launched their website. Read more

STOMPIE - work in progress on crafting stories from Cape Flats

STOMPIE: Crafting stories from Cape Flats using Afrikaaps, hiphop and popular theatre

A couple of weeks back STOMPIE was screened on 25 Feb 2016 as a work-in-progress on Read more

1 Table 2 Elephants: a film essay about bushmen bboys, a flower kingdom and the ghost of a princess (5 min teaser)

Check out a 5 minute ‘teaser’ of the film “1 Table 2 Elephants” that we Read more

Ibrahim Maina, Community Clean-Up, KPSP04, Kibera in Nairobi.

A Story to Encourage Storytelling: “We have a life in Kibera”

Kibera in Nairobi: Bukonola (Bukky) Ngobi and Joe Mulligan from Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) gives the background Read more

Namuwongo: Key to Kampala’s Present and Future Development

Ahead of an exhibition celebrating the Kampala neighbourhood, Namuwongo, Joel Ongwec showcases the contribution this Read more

Environment and Development: Gender Equity and Sustainability

EDGES – or Environment and Development: Gender Equity and Sustainability –  is a research collaborative Read more

SUPE Commentaries—a successful space during 2014 to grow our collective!

We have had thousands of views on our SUPE ‘Commentaries’ webspace during 2014. The contributions have been Read more

An environmental film project in Cape Town: “Ways of Knowing Urban Nature – The Film”

Swedish filmer Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson report on their film project in Cape Town that deals with knowledge and Read more

Urban Political Ecology in African Cities Workshop

As cities become increasingly significant to development and environmental crises at multiple scales, there is Read more

Tactical Symbiotics: Design interventions among spiders, pollinators, and phobias

Designer Martín Ávila reports on his project Tactical Symbiotics. It suggests designs and uses speculative philosophy to Read more

On raids and connecting favela resistance(s) in Kenya and Brazil

Wangui Kimari thinks across Kenya and Brazil’s experience of raids Lately a lot of people Read more

Revanchism and Resistance Through a SUPE Lens

Erin Goodling takes us to Portland and helps us think through how a situated urban Read more

Ecologies of Urbanism – Engaging diverse urban ecologies of Asia

Anna Zimmer gives a reflection on a recent workshop organised by Anne Rademacher & K. Read more

Disconnecting Detroit

Jonathan Silver reflects on the recent water shut offs in Detroit A police car moves Read more

The rise of Afro-Smart cities should be viewed with caution

Jonathan Silver ponders the meaning of Smart cities across urban Africa. The recent announcement by IBM establishing Read more

Crossing Boundaries – Doing Situated Urban Ecologies within a Co-tutelle PhD Agreement

Marnie Graham reflects with her supervisors on being a co-tutelle PhD student at Stockholm and Macquarie Universities, Read more

Small cities, urban environments and governance in India

In this commentary Anna Zimmer presents her ongoing research project with Natasha Cornea and René Véron Read more

Emplacing Urbanisms: Relocating Power and Knowledge in Urban Theory

Anthony Levenda reflects sensitively on how Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Urban Political Ecology Read more

Pluralizing or Provincializing Urban Political Ecology? [In a World of Cities]

Henrik Ernstson reflects on the difference between “pluralizing” and “provincializing” urban political ecology. In prompting Read more

With the death of Mandela—Focus on South Africa

Two top geographic journals have posted links to their articles dealing with South Africa—before and Read more

Infrastructural ideals across African cities

In this commentary Sophie Schramm explains her new research  with Jochen Monstadt on the infrastructural Read more

Its time to pay the climate debt: Financing a low carbon urban Africa

 Jonathan Silver argues that carbon financing for cities is flawed and is failing to support Read more

Boda-Boda! Rethinking Unregulated Urban Transport in the Global South

James Evans focuses on boda-boda motorcycle taxis in Uganda to ask how current thinking in Read more

Notes from a Pretoria classroom: What is a city?

The first time I realised there was something funny going on was when we were Read more

Waste management and climate financing in Mbale

During November Jonathan Silver will be undertaking new research as part of his role in Read more

Notes from a Pretoria classroom

Mary Lawhon teaches urban geography at University of Pretoria. In this first of a mini-series Read more

Staging difference at Princess Vlei. “You can bet they struck a deal at the vlei” (Part 1)

Henrik Ernstson takes a look at a cultural mobilization against a backdrop of contestation in Read more