Aidan Mosselson

Research Fellow

Room number: D7a

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Telephone: 0114 222 6932


I am currently a Newton International Fellow, supported by the Royal Society and British Academy. I completed my PhD in Social Geography at University College London in 2015. Prior to undertaking my PhD, I was employed as an Associate Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand. I held a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, hosted jointly between the University of Johannesburg and the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, between 2016 and 2017 and was awarded an International Fellowship by the Urban Studies Foundation which supported a stint as a Visiting Fellow at LSE Cities between November 2017 and April 2018.

My previous research focussed on public and private-sector housing, urban redevelopment, security and policing and processes of social change in inner-city Johannesburg. More broadly, my interests are in post-colonial and decolonial urban theory, comparative urbanism, the politics of the everyday and the relationship between space and social identities.

During my time at USP I will be pursuing a British Academy-funded research project which aims to explore the relationship between processes of migration, taken-for-granted, unseen labour and the maintenance of public infrastructures in UK cities.



  • Mosselson A (2018), Vernacular Regeneration: low-income housing, private policing and urban transformation in inner-city Johannesburg. Routledge.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Mosselson A (2017), ‘Caught between the market and transformation: urban regeneration and the provision of low-income housing in inner-city Johannesburg’. in Smets, P and Watt, P (eds.) Urban Renewal and Social Housing, A Cross-National Perspective. Emerald Books.