Professor Paula Meth

  • Professor in Southern Urbanism (Urban Studies)

telephone: 01413305307
email: Paula.Meth@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 244, 29 Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RS

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ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2273-5134

Biography

Paula Meth is Professor of Southern Urbanism. She joined Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow in early 2024. Paula's training was in Human Geography and urban planning, and she has worked across these disciplines, focusing much of her research on the urban global South.  

Paula is an Associate Professorial Fellow (https://www.wits.ac.za/cubes/team/visiting-staff/) at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Witwatersrand, affiliated to their Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (https://www.wits.ac.za/cubes/).

Paula is also a co-domain lead on the African Cities Research Consortium for the Safety & Security domain working with colleagues from Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, DRC and Sierra Leone. 

Research interests

Paula's research examines everyday lives in the urban 'global South'. She has a particular interest in socio-spatial intersections therein, such as housing & youth; informality, violence & gender; urban peripheries & social difference, & exploring the materialities & social meanings of urban change.

Paula's research spans Urban Studies (including planning), Human Geography, and Development Studies. Her recent funded projects have examined Youth and the Work/Housing Nexus in Ethiopia and South Africa (British Academy); Living the African Peripheries (ESRC); and Gender and Housing formalisation in India and South Africa (British Academy). 

Paula is currently a co-investigator on the ESRC funded project Urban citizenship and transcontinental lives, led by Prof Tom Goodfellow, University of Sheffield.

Paula has published articles in journals including Urban GeographyInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Studies and Environment and Planning: A.  She co-authored ‘Geographies of Developing Areas’ (Routledge) with Glyn Williams and Katie Willis (2009/2014) and has a co-authored monograph ‘Living the urban periphery’ (Manchester University Press) forthcoming.

Paula is also committed to public engagement in her research & she's curated various exhibitions showcasing her findings drawing on professional & collaboratively generated media outputs, [https://player.sheffield.ac.uk/exhibits/everyday-life-ekangala-and-hawassa]. 

Research groups

Publications

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Jump to: 2024 | 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2004 | 2003 | 2001 | 2000
Number of items: 39.

2024

Meth, P. , Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (Eds.) (2024) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Charlton, S., Todes, A. and Meth, P. (2024) Housing, history and hope in South Africa's urban peripheries. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Goodfellow, T., Eyob, Y., Meth, P. , Mukwedeya, T. and Todes, A. (2024) Governing the urban peripheries. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Goodfellow, T., Meth, P. and Charlton, S. (2024) Transport and mobility (in South Africa and Addis Ababa). In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Belihu, M. S. and Buthelezi, S. (2024) Social differentiation, boredom and crime within the peripheries. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (2024) Conclusions. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (2024) Introduction. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Charlton, S. and Todes, A. (2024) Producing places: services, infrastructure and the public realm in South Africa and Addis Ababa. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

2023

Meth, P. , Belihu, M., Buthelezi, S. and Masikane, F. (2023) Not entirely displacement: conceptualizing relocation in Ethiopia and South Africa as “disruptive re-placement”. Urban Geography, 44(5), pp. 824-849. (doi: 10.1080/02723638.2022.2042067)

2022

Williams, G., Charlton, S., Coelho, K., Mahadevia, D. and Meth, P. (2022) (Im)mobility at the margins: low-income households’ experiences of peripheral resettlement in India and South Africa. Housing Studies, 37(6), pp. 910-931. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2021.1946018)

2021

Wiltgen Georgi, N., Buthelezi, S. and Meth, P. (2021) Gendered infrastructural citizenship: shared sanitation facilities in quarry road west informal settlement, Durban, South Africa. Urban Forum, 32, pp. 437-456. (doi: 10.1007/s12132-021-09421-z) (PMCID:PMC8271341)

Meth, P. , Goodfellow, T., Todes, A. and Charlton, S. (2021) Conceptualizing African urban peripheries. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 45(6), pp. 985-1007. (doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.13044)

Meth, P. (2021) Broken cities: Inside the global housing crisis by Deborah Potts, London, Zed, 2020. xi + 319 pp., £18.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781786990549. https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/broken-cities/. Regional Studies, 55(7), pp. 1337-1338. (doi: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1922168)[Book Review]

2020

Meth, P. (2020) ‘Marginalised formalisation’: an analysis of the in/formal binary through shifting policy and everyday experiences of ‘poor’ housing in South Africa. International Development Planning Review, 42(2), pp. 139-164. (doi: 10.3828/idpr.2019.26)

2019

Meth, P. , Buthelezi, S. and Rajasekhar, S. (2019) Gendered il/legalities of housing formalisation in India and South Africa. Environment and Planning A, 51(5), pp. 1068-1088. (doi: 10.1177/0308518X18792898)

2017

Meth, P. and Buthelezi, S. (2017) New housing/new crime? Changes in safety, governance and everyday incivilities for residents relocated from informal to formal housing at Hammond’s Farm, eThekwini. Geoforum, 82, pp. 77-86. (doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.03.026)

Meth, P. and Charlton, S. (2017) Men’s experiences of state sponsored housing in South Africa: emerging issues and key questions. Housing Studies, 32(4), pp. 470-490. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1219333)

Meth, P. (2017) Informal housing, gender, crime and violence: the role of design in urban South Africa. British Journal of Criminology, 57(2), pp. 402-421. (doi: 10.1093/bjc/azv125)

2014

Meth, P. (2014) Violence and men in urban South Africa: the significance of ‘home’. In: Gorman-Murray, A. and Hopkins, P. (eds.) Masculinities and Place. Routledge, pp. 159-172. ISBN 9781472409799

Williams, G., Meth, P. and Willis, K. (2014) Geographies of Developing Areas: The Global South in a Changing World [2nd ed.]. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415643887 (doi: 10.4324/9780203079836)

Meth, P. (2014) Cities, crime and development. In: Desai, V. and Potter, R. (eds.) The Companion to Development Studies. Routledge: London, pp. 324-328. ISBN 9780415826655 (doi: 10.4324/9780203528983-69)

2013

Meth, P. (2013) Committees, witchdoctors and the ‘mother-body’: everyday politics in the township of Cato Manor, South Africa. Habitat International, 39, pp. 269-277. (doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2012.10.013)

Meth, P. (2013) Unsettling insurgency: reflections on women's insurgent practices in South Africa. In: Hibbard, M., Freestone, R. and Sager, T. Ø. (eds.) Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning. Routledge: London, pp. 70-96. ISBN 9780415680776

Meth, P. (2013) ‘I Don't Like My Children to Grow up in this Bad Area’: parental anxieties about living in informal settlements. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(2), pp. 537-555. (doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01199.x)

Meth, P. (2013) Millennium development goals and urban informal settlements: unintended consequences. International Development Planning Review, 35(1), v-xiii. (doi: 10.3828/idpr.2013.1)

2012

Meth, P. (2012) Domestic violence. In: Smith, S. J. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier Science, pp. 399-404. ISBN 9780080471716 (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00283-6)

2011

Meth, P. (2011) Crime management and urban governance: everyday interconnections in South Africa. Environment and Planning A, 43(3), pp. 742-760. (doi: 10.1068/a43451)

2010

Meth, P. (2010) Unsettling insurgency: reflections on women's insurgent practices in South Africa. Planning Theory and Practice, 11(2), pp. 241-263. (doi: 10.1080/14649351003759714)

2009

Meth, P. and Mcclymont, K. (2009) Researching men: the politics and possibilities of a qualitative mixed-methods approach. Social and Cultural Geography, 10(8), pp. 909-925. (doi: 10.1080/14649360903305775)

Meth, P. (2009) Marginalised men’s emotions: politics and place. Geoforum, 40(5), pp. 853-863. (doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2009.07.002)

Williams, G., Meth, P. and Willis, K. (2009) Geographies of Developing Areas: The Global South in a Changing World. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415381239 (doi: 10.4324/9780203086247)

2008

Meth, P. (2008) Vusi Majola: “Walking Until the Shoes Is Finished”. In: Jeffrey, C. and Dyson, J. (eds.) Telling Young Lives: Portraits of Global Youth. Temple University Press, pp. 40-55. ISBN 9781592139309

2004

Meth, P. (2004) Using diaries to understand women’s responses to crime and violence. Environment and Urbanization, 16(2), pp. 153-164. (doi: 10.1177/095624780401600207)

2003

Meth, P. (2003) Rethinking the ‘domus’ in domestic violence: homelessness, space and domestic violence in South Africa. Geoforum, 34(3), pp. 317-327. (doi: 10.1016/S0016-7185(03)00005-8)

Meth, P. and Malaza, K. (2003) Violent research: the ethics and emotions of doing research with women in South Africa. Ethics, Place and Environment, 6(2), pp. 143-159. (doi: 10.1080/1366879032000130786)

Meth, P. (2003) Entries and omissions: using solicited diaries in geographical research. Area, 35(2), pp. 195-205. (doi: 10.1111/1475-4762.00263)

2001

Meth, P. J. (2001) Embracing diversity in theory: a theoretical contribution to rethinking relocation settlements. South African Geographical Journal, 83(3), pp. 221-232. (doi: 10.1080/03736245.2001.9713740)

Meth, P. J. (2001) Rethinking the dumping grounds: questioning assumptions about movement into the relocation settlement of Bilanyoni. Area, 33(3), pp. 228-241. (doi: 10.1111/1475-4762.00027)

2000

Meth, P. (2000) Representation and formalisation: a settlement of contradictions. Urban Forum, 11(1), pp. 31-48. (doi: 10.1007/BF03036830)

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Number of items: 39.

Articles

Meth, P. , Belihu, M., Buthelezi, S. and Masikane, F. (2023) Not entirely displacement: conceptualizing relocation in Ethiopia and South Africa as “disruptive re-placement”. Urban Geography, 44(5), pp. 824-849. (doi: 10.1080/02723638.2022.2042067)

Williams, G., Charlton, S., Coelho, K., Mahadevia, D. and Meth, P. (2022) (Im)mobility at the margins: low-income households’ experiences of peripheral resettlement in India and South Africa. Housing Studies, 37(6), pp. 910-931. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2021.1946018)

Wiltgen Georgi, N., Buthelezi, S. and Meth, P. (2021) Gendered infrastructural citizenship: shared sanitation facilities in quarry road west informal settlement, Durban, South Africa. Urban Forum, 32, pp. 437-456. (doi: 10.1007/s12132-021-09421-z) (PMCID:PMC8271341)

Meth, P. , Goodfellow, T., Todes, A. and Charlton, S. (2021) Conceptualizing African urban peripheries. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 45(6), pp. 985-1007. (doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.13044)

Meth, P. (2020) ‘Marginalised formalisation’: an analysis of the in/formal binary through shifting policy and everyday experiences of ‘poor’ housing in South Africa. International Development Planning Review, 42(2), pp. 139-164. (doi: 10.3828/idpr.2019.26)

Meth, P. , Buthelezi, S. and Rajasekhar, S. (2019) Gendered il/legalities of housing formalisation in India and South Africa. Environment and Planning A, 51(5), pp. 1068-1088. (doi: 10.1177/0308518X18792898)

Meth, P. and Buthelezi, S. (2017) New housing/new crime? Changes in safety, governance and everyday incivilities for residents relocated from informal to formal housing at Hammond’s Farm, eThekwini. Geoforum, 82, pp. 77-86. (doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.03.026)

Meth, P. and Charlton, S. (2017) Men’s experiences of state sponsored housing in South Africa: emerging issues and key questions. Housing Studies, 32(4), pp. 470-490. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1219333)

Meth, P. (2017) Informal housing, gender, crime and violence: the role of design in urban South Africa. British Journal of Criminology, 57(2), pp. 402-421. (doi: 10.1093/bjc/azv125)

Meth, P. (2013) Committees, witchdoctors and the ‘mother-body’: everyday politics in the township of Cato Manor, South Africa. Habitat International, 39, pp. 269-277. (doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2012.10.013)

Meth, P. (2013) ‘I Don't Like My Children to Grow up in this Bad Area’: parental anxieties about living in informal settlements. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(2), pp. 537-555. (doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01199.x)

Meth, P. (2013) Millennium development goals and urban informal settlements: unintended consequences. International Development Planning Review, 35(1), v-xiii. (doi: 10.3828/idpr.2013.1)

Meth, P. (2011) Crime management and urban governance: everyday interconnections in South Africa. Environment and Planning A, 43(3), pp. 742-760. (doi: 10.1068/a43451)

Meth, P. (2010) Unsettling insurgency: reflections on women's insurgent practices in South Africa. Planning Theory and Practice, 11(2), pp. 241-263. (doi: 10.1080/14649351003759714)

Meth, P. and Mcclymont, K. (2009) Researching men: the politics and possibilities of a qualitative mixed-methods approach. Social and Cultural Geography, 10(8), pp. 909-925. (doi: 10.1080/14649360903305775)

Meth, P. (2009) Marginalised men’s emotions: politics and place. Geoforum, 40(5), pp. 853-863. (doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2009.07.002)

Meth, P. (2004) Using diaries to understand women’s responses to crime and violence. Environment and Urbanization, 16(2), pp. 153-164. (doi: 10.1177/095624780401600207)

Meth, P. (2003) Rethinking the ‘domus’ in domestic violence: homelessness, space and domestic violence in South Africa. Geoforum, 34(3), pp. 317-327. (doi: 10.1016/S0016-7185(03)00005-8)

Meth, P. and Malaza, K. (2003) Violent research: the ethics and emotions of doing research with women in South Africa. Ethics, Place and Environment, 6(2), pp. 143-159. (doi: 10.1080/1366879032000130786)

Meth, P. (2003) Entries and omissions: using solicited diaries in geographical research. Area, 35(2), pp. 195-205. (doi: 10.1111/1475-4762.00263)

Meth, P. J. (2001) Embracing diversity in theory: a theoretical contribution to rethinking relocation settlements. South African Geographical Journal, 83(3), pp. 221-232. (doi: 10.1080/03736245.2001.9713740)

Meth, P. J. (2001) Rethinking the dumping grounds: questioning assumptions about movement into the relocation settlement of Bilanyoni. Area, 33(3), pp. 228-241. (doi: 10.1111/1475-4762.00027)

Meth, P. (2000) Representation and formalisation: a settlement of contradictions. Urban Forum, 11(1), pp. 31-48. (doi: 10.1007/BF03036830)

Books

Williams, G., Meth, P. and Willis, K. (2014) Geographies of Developing Areas: The Global South in a Changing World [2nd ed.]. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415643887 (doi: 10.4324/9780203079836)

Williams, G., Meth, P. and Willis, K. (2009) Geographies of Developing Areas: The Global South in a Changing World. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415381239 (doi: 10.4324/9780203086247)

Book Sections

Charlton, S., Todes, A. and Meth, P. (2024) Housing, history and hope in South Africa's urban peripheries. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Goodfellow, T., Eyob, Y., Meth, P. , Mukwedeya, T. and Todes, A. (2024) Governing the urban peripheries. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Goodfellow, T., Meth, P. and Charlton, S. (2024) Transport and mobility (in South Africa and Addis Ababa). In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Belihu, M. S. and Buthelezi, S. (2024) Social differentiation, boredom and crime within the peripheries. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (2024) Conclusions. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (2024) Introduction. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. , Charlton, S. and Todes, A. (2024) Producing places: services, infrastructure and the public realm in South Africa and Addis Ababa. In: Meth, P., Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (eds.) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

Meth, P. (2014) Violence and men in urban South Africa: the significance of ‘home’. In: Gorman-Murray, A. and Hopkins, P. (eds.) Masculinities and Place. Routledge, pp. 159-172. ISBN 9781472409799

Meth, P. (2014) Cities, crime and development. In: Desai, V. and Potter, R. (eds.) The Companion to Development Studies. Routledge: London, pp. 324-328. ISBN 9780415826655 (doi: 10.4324/9780203528983-69)

Meth, P. (2013) Unsettling insurgency: reflections on women's insurgent practices in South Africa. In: Hibbard, M., Freestone, R. and Sager, T. Ø. (eds.) Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning. Routledge: London, pp. 70-96. ISBN 9780415680776

Meth, P. (2012) Domestic violence. In: Smith, S. J. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier Science, pp. 399-404. ISBN 9780080471716 (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00283-6)

Meth, P. (2008) Vusi Majola: “Walking Until the Shoes Is Finished”. In: Jeffrey, C. and Dyson, J. (eds.) Telling Young Lives: Portraits of Global Youth. Temple University Press, pp. 40-55. ISBN 9781592139309

Book Reviews

Meth, P. (2021) Broken cities: Inside the global housing crisis by Deborah Potts, London, Zed, 2020. xi + 319 pp., £18.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781786990549. https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/broken-cities/. Regional Studies, 55(7), pp. 1337-1338. (doi: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1922168)[Book Review]

Edited Books

Meth, P. , Charlton, S., Goodfellow, T. and Todes, A. (Eds.) (2024) Living the Urban Periphery: Infrastructure, Everyday Life and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526171214 (In Press)

This list was generated on Fri Apr 19 02:35:12 2024 BST.