Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha holds a PhD in Town and Regional Planning from University of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Magidimisha made history when she became first black South African born woman to be awarded PhD in Town and Regional Planning by the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a senior lecturer and programme coordinator for planning discipline at UKZN. Before joining the university, she worked in various portfolios as a practitioner in town planning, a researcher and now as an academic. Her strong passion in academia already saw her supervising a number of Master and PhD students.

Dr Magidimisha’s publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. She also co-authored a book entitled The Other Side of Freedom published by HSRC. Her most recent book publication due to be published in August 2017 entitled Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. During her tenure at the Human Sciences Research Council, she was involved in a number of projects including South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), State-Owned Entities (SOEs) for the Presidency of South Africa and City Support Programme (CSP) for Eight Metros in South Africa on issues of community engagement among others.

Dr Magidimisha currently serves on various professional and advisory bodies related to her areas of expertise including South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) and Kwazulu-Natal Planning and Development Appeal Tribunal.

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