1st Edition

Transformative Innovation for Sustainable Human Settlements A South African Context

    276 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book uses the Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) as a lens to show how innovative processes, practices and systems could address critical challenges and facilitate the delivery of sustainable human settlements in South Africa.

    The Transformative Innovation Policy approach shows that addressing societal problems is not a function of a technical solution within a government department but one that requires partnership with multiple stakeholders. The book argues that it is essential to understand and embrace innovation policy that is transformative and responds to the social and environmental needs at local, provincial and national levels. It demonstrates that innovation policy should focus on transforming the socio-technical systems that demand embracing notions such as experimental delivery and learning, directionality and inclusivity. Chapters explore the ability of the state to transform its organisational processes and capacity to improve and align its planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation systems to high levels of efficiency and sustainability targets.

    Bringing together various theoretical and empirical perspectives on innovation in the context of sustainable human settlement, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in the field of Housing, Human Settlements, Architecture, Public Policy, Development Studies, Civil Engineering, Political Science and Public Administration.

    Foreword by Mmboneni Muofhe

    Introduction: Setting the scene – An overview of transformative innovation, its role in policy and human settlements

    Andrew Emmanuel Okem, Sithembiso Lindelihle Myeni and Tshepang Mosiea

    1. Transformative Innovations and Systems Thinking in Sustainable Human Settlements

    Andrew Emmanuel Okem, Sithembiso Lindelihle Myeni and Tshepang Mosiea

    2. Fostering Sustainable Integrated Human Settlements through a System Thinking Approach

    Ndwakhulu Stephen Tshishonga and Noluthando Shirley Matsiliza

    3. State Capacity and Sustainable Human Settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring Public Servants' Autonomy for Increased Innovation

    Miriam Hofisi and Jean-Marc Lukamba Muhiya Tshombe

    4. Land Rights, Land Ownership, Land Invasions, Homelessness, and Informal Settlements: The Law as an Enabler or Impediment to Human Settlement

    Oliver Mtapuri and Sithembiso Lindelihle Myeni

    5. State-Funded Housing and Social Sustainability Indicators: The Case of Hlalani, South Africa

    Nkambule Sipho and Koyi Mchunu

    6. A Transition Plan for Innovation Uptake in Sustainable Human Settlements in South Africa

    Tshepang Mosiea and Precious Lukhele

    7. Collaborative Governance as a Strategy to Improve Housing Delivery in the Human Settlements Sector: A Case of Conurbia, Durban

    Bongekile Yvonne Charlotte Mvuyana and Thokozani Ian Nzmakwe

    8. Innovations through Insurgent Citizenship for Integrated Human Settlements in South Africa: A Popular Space

    Ndwankulu Tshishonga, Eve Mafema and Lucky Mdletshe

    9. Unpacking the Implementation of Decentralisation Reforms in Post-Apartheid Housing Development in South Africa

    Sithembiso Lindelihle Myeni

    10. Exploring Public-Private Partnership in Alternative Housing Technologies: A Case Study of Eric Molobi Housing Innovation Hub

    Meron A Okbandrias

    11. Exploring the Utility of Innovative Building Technologies in the Densification of Urban Areas: A Case of Cornubia Housing Project in Durban, South Africa

    Sanele B. Mbambo

    12. Using Foucault to Explore Technology Diffusion: A Case Study of the Exalon QMS in Managing Human Settlement Projects in KwaZulu-Natal

    Sithembiso Lindelihle Myeni, Tshepang Mosiea and Andrew Emmanuel Okem

    13. Back to First Principles: Ideas for Supporting Incrementalism in Low-Income Housing in South Africa

    Pauline Adebayo and Catherine Ndinda

    14. Residential Satisfaction with Subsidised Housing in South Africa: Implications for Innovative transformative policies in human settlements

    Catherine Ndinda and Pauline Adebayo

    15. Using geographic information system as a tool for governing and monitoring the upgrading of informal settlements in Durban, South Africa

    Bahle Mazeka and Vincent Myeni

    16. Synchronised Traditional Settlements Land Management Processes Through a Digital Platform

    Sithembiso Lindelihle Myeni and Mbongeni Hlongwa


    Andrew Emmanuel Okem is a researcher in the School of Built Environmental and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

    Sithembiso Lindelihle Myeni is an Associate Professor in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu, Natal South Africa.

    Tshepang Moseia is Director of Science and Technology for Sustainable Human Settlements in the Department of Science and Technology and Service Delivery in the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa.