Simon Bekker in front of Voortrekker Monument

Welcome to my homepage. I am currently Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department. My interests in collective identities and ethnicity together with migration have led me to focus on urban studies in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent publications include articles on religious and urban identities in South Africa, on xenophobia, and edited books on capital cities and urban governance in Africa. I acted as Professor of Development Studies at Rhodes University, Professor of Sociology at UNISA and Director of the Centre for Social and Development Studies at the (then) University of Natal (Durban). I have held visiting Fellow appointments at Oxford University, the Centre d'√Čtude d'Afrique Noire in France, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden and at STIAS, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.