Measuring Household Metabolism in the City of Cape Town: A first step to a Differential Urban Metabolism

Paul Currie

Stellenbosch University

Growing up between New York and Johannesburg, Paul has a significant obsession with cities. Paul delved into evolutionary biology at Stony Brook University (New York) before returning to South Africa to do his MPhil in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University. He has a fascination with people and places, an interest he has been able to cultivate as a volunteer in Brazil, a student in Ghana, a traveler in India, a researcher in Nairobi, and a trekker in Nepal. His academic disciplinary pairing alongside his fascination with the dynamism of urban systems has led Paul to the urban Modeling and Metabolism Assessment Research Team (uMAMA - Stellenbosch University) to delve into urban sustainability, resource efficiency and resource equity in African cities.


Informal settlement upgrading is an important consideration for cities of the global South, many of which are facing rapid urbanization in the context of limited city-wide resource availability or access. These already... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Paul Currie (Stellenbosch University)
  2. Josephine Kaviti Musango (Stellenbosch University)

Topic Areas

• Industrial ecology in developing countries , • Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a , • Sustainable urban systems


TS-22 » Urban Metabolism case studies (15:30 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room G)

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