Dr Jane Battersby-Lennard

African Centre for Cities and African Food Security Urban Network
urban food security, urban food systems, urban green space policy
Dr Jane Battersby-Lennard


I am an urban social and cultural geographer with ongoing research interests through Urban Food Security as part of the CIDA funded AFSUN programme (AFSUN website) and the Formas funded 'Ways of Knowing' project, which aims to use interdisciplinary approaches to reflect on the values inherent in the management of green spaces in urban areas. I am also a member of the SANPAD-funded project, "Healthy Cities for Children" with Children's Institute at UCT.

I have particular interests in urban food systems and the construction of food security theory in Northern and Southern research contexts. I have ongoing interest in the linkages between spatial transformation and identity transformation in post-apartheid urban areas - a topic I have addressed through the lenses of youth identities, education, music and land restitution.


  • Battersby, J. (in press) Urban Food Security in Southern Africa, Geography Compass
  • Battersby, J. (in press) Coon Carnival, Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd Edition, Gale
  • Battersby, J. (in press) Urban agriculture and race in South Africa, in Slocum, R. & Saldanha, A. (eds.) Geographies of Race and Food: Fields, Bodies and Markets, Ashgate Press
  • Battersby, J. (in press) Philippi and Food Security, in Brown-Luthango, M. (ed.) Philippi: A case study of Development (not final title)
  • Battersby, J. (2012) Size matters: The role of settlement scale in urban land claims, in Donaldson, R. and Marais, L. (eds.) Small Town Geographies in Africa: Experiences from South Africa and Elsewhere, Nova Publishers, Huppauge, NY.
  • Battersby, J. (2012) Beyond the food desert: finding ways to speak about urban food security in South Africa, Geographiska Annaler 94 (2) 141-158
  • Battersby, J. (2012) Urban food security and climate change: A system of flows, in Moser, C., Frayne, B and Ziervogel, G. (eds) Climate Change, Assets and Food Security in Southern African Cities, Earthscan, Abingdon, pp. 35-56.
  • Battersby, J. (2011) Urban food insecurity in Cape Town, South Africa: A critical assessment of the operation of the formal and informal food sectors, Development Southern Africa 28 (4) 545-561.
  • Battersby, J. (2011) The State of Urban Food Security in Cape Town, Urban Food Security Series No. 11, AFSUN, Queen's University, Canada
  • Lemon, A. & Battersby- Lennard, J. (2011) Studying together, living apart: emerging geographies of school attendance in post-apartheid Cape Town, African Affairs 111 (438) 97-120.
  • Battersby-Lennard, J., Kandelman, Y. & Taroborelli, D. (2010) Time-warped maps: Mapping the mental image of a city through travel distances, Online conference paper for Mobile A2K: Resources, Interfaces, Contents for Urban Transformation. Bellagio, Italy
  • Frayne, B., Pendleton, W., Battersby, J., Bras, E., Chiweza, A., Dlamini, T., Fincham, R., Kroll, F., Leduka, C., Mosha, A., Mulenga, C., Pomuti, A., Raimundo, I., Rudolph, M., Ruysenaar, A., Simelane, N., Tevera, D., Tsoka, M., Tawodzera, G. & Zanamwe, L. (2010) The state of urban food insecurity in southern Africa, Urban Food Security Series No. 2, AFSUN, Queen's University, Canada.
  • Battersby-Lennard, J., Fincham, R., Frayne, B. and Haysom, G. (2009) Urban food security in South Africa:
  • Case study of Cape Town, Msunduzi and Johannesburg Development Bank of South Africa Working Paper Development Planning Division Working Paper Series No. 15
  • Battersby, J. (2009) Inclusion, exclusion and transformation - connecting technologies and the urban in South Africa. Online conference paper for Mobile A2K: Resources, Interfaces, Contents for Urban Transformation. Bellagio, Italy
  • Battersby-Lennard, J. (2009) "Apartheid/Post-apartheid" International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Elsevier
  • Lemon, A. & Battersby- Lennard, J. (2009) "Overcoming the apartheid legacy in Cape Town Schools" Geographical Review 99 (4) 517-538
  • Lemon, A. & Battersby-Lennard, J. (2009) "Emerging geographies of school provision in Cape Town, South Africa" Geography, 94 (2), 79-87
  • Battersby, J. (2007) "Seeking African Solutions: The new social and cultural geographies of South Africa." In Kitchin, R. (ed.) Mapping Worlds: International Perspectives on Social and Cultural Geographies, London: Routledge, pp. 83-90.
  • Battersby, J. (2005) "Re-inscribing race and ethnicity in post-apartheid South Africa" Gervais-Lambony P., Landy F., and Oldfield S. (eds). Fractured nations: Identity, space and territory in India and South Africa, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 85-97.
  • Battersby, J. (2004) "Cape Town's Model C schools: Desegregated and desegregating spaces?" Urban Forum 13 (4), 279-291.
  • Battersby, J. (2004) "Seeking African Solutions: The new social and cultural geographies of South Africa." Social and Cultural Geography 5 (1), 151-157.
  • Battersby, J. (2003) '"Sometimes it feels like I'm not black enough": Recast(e)ing Coloured through South African Hip Hop as a postcolonial text', in Jacobs, S. and Wasserman, H. (Eds) Shifting Selves: Post-Apartheid Essays on Mass Media, Culture and Identity. Cape Town: Kwela Books, pp.109-29
Dr Battersby-Lennard's full biography can be found here.

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