Bruce Bassett is a senior researcher with a focus on cosmology at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Bruce also straddles a joint position between the South African Astronomical Observatory and the Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department at UCT where he is a professor. Basset boasts a PhD in Applied Mathematics from SISSA in Trieste with a post doctoral qualification from Oxford University.
Jane Battersby is a researcher on the Ways of Knowing Urban Ecology Project at the African Centre for Cities, and is the Cape Town partner of the African Food Security Urban Network. As a geographer she's trying to figure out just what "'you are what you eat" might mean for us at a city scale. She is one of South Africa’s leading experts on the under-reported issue of food security in cities.
Pam Skykes works as a digital storytelling facilitator, helping individuals and organisations harness the transformative power of story. As a web video producer she also creates short films for businesses and NGOs. Before transferring her skills to multimedia work she spent ten years as an independent senior writer and researcher working with small to medium-sized companies (mainly in the ICT sector) and NGOs.
Edgar Pieterse is an urban scholar, writer and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of policy discourses and interventions to make African cities more just, open and accessible. He is the director of the African Centre for Cities and holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (2008). He has also co-edited numerous volumes, including Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town Region (2010) and Consolidating Developmental Local Government (2008), among others. He is co-editor of the ongoing The African Cities Reader series and consulting editor of Cityscapes.