Dr Suraya Scheba
Suraya is interested in urban socio-material struggles and emancipatory futures and has explored this through a focus on the politics and struggles over water and housing infrastructure. A central research interest is urban occupations and movements, where she has sought to undertake more comparative and collaborative research across cities of the Global South, as a part of the City Occupied project (see city-occupied.net for details). She aims to continue and advance this work, guided by a commitment to engaged scholarship and comparative dialogue. She is also an Urban Studies Foundation Fellow, affiliated to the University of Amsterdam during the Fellowship period in 2022.
Scheba, S. (forthcoming). Knowing the city through body, home & land. In Barnett, C., Oldfield, S. & Selmeczi, A. (eds), Knowing the City (Book chapter)
Scheba, S. (forthcoming). The South African Water Sector: Municipal Dysfunction, Resistance, and Future Pathways. Water Alternatives
Cirolia, L. R., Ngwenya, N., Christianson, B., & Scheba, S. (2021). Retrofitting, repurposing and replacing: a multi- media exploration of occupation in Cape Town, South Africa. Planext.(online first, DOI: 10.24306/plnxt/69)
Scheba, S. (2021). Pathways toward a dialectical urbanism: Thinking with the contingencies of crisis, care and capitalism. In Lancione, M. & McFarlane, C. (eds), Global Urbanism (pp. 176-182). Routledge.
Millington, N., & Scheba, S. (2021). Day Zero and The Infrastructures of Climate Change: Water Governance, Inequality, and Infrastructural Politics in Cape Town's Water Crisis. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 45(1), 116-132.
Cirolia, L. R., & Scheba, S. (2019). Towards a multi-scalar reading of informality in Delft, South Africa: Weaving the ‘everyday’ with wider structural tracings. Urban Studies, 56(3), 594-611.
Selected Public-facing outputs:
City occupied collective. Documentary with fil-maker Sara Gouveia. Available at https://city-occupied.net
City occupied collective. Cissie Gool House: A city occupied zine (2021)
Scheba, S. et.al. (2021). New Packaging, Same Deal. https://www.blueplanetproject.net (Also featured on Daily Maverick news-site, UCT News
Scheba, S. (2020). Covid-19 and the Virulence of Capitalism