Dr Zubeida Lowton

  • Tutor in Social and Urban Policy (Urban Studies)


I am a Tutor in Public Policy and Research Methods based in Urban Studies. I have a National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Johannesburg and a MA in International Planning and Sustainable Development from the University of Westminster. I recently completed my PhD in Urban Studies which focused specifically on the present socio-spatial transformations in South African cities and how public space users perceive these transformations considering the apartheid legacy.

Prior to undertaking my PhD in the UK, I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa where I was employed as a professional planner at a private consultancy for over 5 years. I specialised in spatial planning frameworks, urban design, project management and tender preparation. I am registered as a Professional Planner with the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN).

Research interests

  • Social and Spatial Transformations
  • African cities
  • Social Sustainability
  • Micro-level User Experience
  • Urban Development



  • Evidence, Evaluation and Policy (URBAN5083)
  • Governance and Markets (URBAN5085)
  • Understanding Public Policy (URBAN5093)
  • Researching Public Policy

Additional information

I was awarded first place for the South African Cities Network Young Planners and Designers Competition 2020: Planning for the Future of our Cities.