School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Humanities Academics present research at 2018 World Social Science Forum

November 9, 2018
Academics from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies Dr Claudia Loggia and Mr Viloshin Govender recently presented a poster and a paper titled Co-producing spatial maps for risk management and disaster response in informal settlements in South Africa, at the World Social Science Forum held in Fukuoka, Japan.The International...
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Careers expo for Built Environment & Development Studies students

November 9, 2018
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Community Scholar Workshop on Activism and Technology

November 2, 2018
The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies hosted a Community Scholar Workshop on the Howard College campus on Activism and Technology.Organised by community scholars at CCS, the event zoomed in on various technologies that civil society organisations and activists could apply in...
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Prof. Ernest Khalema

Dean & Head of School

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Ms Lindiwe Nhlapho
031 260 1759 nhlaphol@ukzn.ac.za
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Welcome to the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS). It’s my pleasure to be leading a School that has had many accomplishments and to be working with a highly capable team of Academic Leaders and staff members.  Our School is uniquely positioned to foster research, scholarship and community engagement through the creative and intellectual drive of our staff and students.

The School of BEDS is home to the disciplines of Architecture, Housing and Planning all of which comprise the Built Environment cluster.  It is also home to the disciplines of Community Development, Population Studies and Development Studies. The synergistic and interrelated nature of these disciplines enhances our School’s ability to provide the critical mass that responds to the challenges of underdevelopment in our communities, country, region and continent at large.

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November 9, 2018
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been awarded a total of approximately R9.3 Million Rand (US$657 000) in grants by...
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November 9, 2018
Academics from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies Dr Claudia Loggia and Mr Viloshin Govender recently presented a...
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November 9, 2018
Highlights from the School of Built Environment & Development Studies careers expo. Highlights from the School of Built Environment &...
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Architecture
Architecture is a fully accredited SACAP professional degree. The design of buildings and their context in the built environment, as well as understanding the needs of the users who will occupy these buildings is taught in a studio environment...
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Community Development
Community Development is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching programme which focuses on the broad areas of social development and socio-economic reconstruction...
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Development Studies
Development Studies addresses key economic, political and social concerns - inequality and poverty, uneven or inadequate economic growth, maldistribution of resources and institutional failures by critically examining the role and efficacy of state policies...
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Housing
Housing is more than mere shelter. It transcends the physical structure and exists within a context defined by services and facilities which link individuals and families to the community, the city and regions...
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Planning
Planning means the scientific, aesthetic and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities...
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Population Studies
Population Studies is a broad social science discipline concerned with the study of human population in relation to the factors associated with changes in their size, composition and distribution...
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