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The Wits City Institute, located on the Braamfontein Campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, produces excellent, creative research. The City Institute is the last of the six 21st Century Research Institutes to be established by Wits. The purpose of establishing a City Institute at Wits is to grow a still stronger research environment around an identified common focus: critical theory in the spatial disciplines around the city and its complexities with a humanities approach. The development of the Institute as a substantive presence in the intellectual landscape of city research in South Africa and elsewhere is under the directorship of Professor Noëleen Murray who holds the A.W. Mellon Foundation Chair of Critical Architecture and Urbanism.

Generously funded by the A.W. Mellon Foundation, the institute develops the University’s contribution to the growing dialogue and collaboration at the intersection of the humanities, architecture and urbanism, the core focus around the prestigious award in the Foundation’s Humanities Architecture and Urbanism grant category.

The Wits City Institute’s ambit lies in advancing critical theory in the spatial disciplines in relation to the city and its complexities with a humanities approach. The Institute hosts a variety of research projects drawing graduate scholars from across academic disciplines and creative practice.