Department of Geography

Dr AW Gunter

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Geography
Acting Chair
Tel: 011 471 3390
E-mail: gunteaw@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • DPhil (UJ)
  • MA (WITS)
  • PDM (WITS Business School)
  • Bsc(hon) First Class (WITS)
  • Bsc (WITS)

Fields of academic interests

Teaching Interests

Urban Development, Geography Research Methodology, Economic Geography

Research Interests

Urban Development, Local Economic Development, Informal Housing

Journal articles

Publications since 2009

  • Gunter, A., (2014): Renting Shacks: the prevalence of tenancy in the informal housing sector in Gauteng Province, South Africa, Urbani Izziv, (Special issue in press)
  • Gunter, A., (2014): Shacking Up: Rental Properties in informal Settlements, Development Southern Africa, (under revision)
  • Gunter, A., (2014): Mega events as a pretext for infrastructural development:  The case of the All African Games Athletes Village, Alexandra, Johannesburg, Bulletin of Geography, 23, 39-52
  • Gunter, A., (2013): Creating Co-Sovereigns and Empowered Citizens using Social Housing in Johannesburg South Africa, Habitat International, 39(1) 278-283.
  • Gunter, A., (2012): "Crisylida Capital": Hatching Informal Township Property Markets to Benefit Low-Income Residents in Johannesburg, South Africa, Urban Forum, 23(2), 165-180.
  • Gunter, A., (2011): Stadium upgrades as Local Economic Development: The fallacy of FIFA 2010 stadium upgrade as LED within the Ellis Park Sports Precinct. South African Geographical Journal, 89(1), 79-89.
  • Gunter, A. (2011), Review article "Sport, Culture and Leisure in the Postmodern City", South African Geographical Journal, 89(1), 98-100.
  • Gunter (2010): Human Development, In Brouard, J., (ed), Geography on the Go,   Heinemann: Johannesburg.
  • Gunter, A., & Scheepers, L., (2010): Property Tenure and Local Economic Development: Community led LED in Johannesburg South Africa. International Journal of Social Science, 5(2), 245 - 263.
  • Gunter, A., (2009): Getting it for Free: Using FOSS GIS to estimate dwelling frames in Squatter Settlements.  IGRASS, 5(1), 385 – 391. 
  • Gunter, A., and Scheepers, L., (2009): Low Cost housing as a catalyst for Local Economic Development.  Rural Studies. 20, 157-164.
  • Gunter, A., (2009): Review article "To the Bring: Democracy in South Africa". Cross Cultural Poetics, XCP(21), 295-302.

Paper presentations

Conferences since 2009

  • Raghuram, P. and Gunter, A., (2014): International study in the global South: linking student, staff and institutional mobility. Royal Geographical Society 25 – 29 August, London, UK.
  • Gunter, A., (2014): Renting Shacks: the prevalence of tenancy in the informal housing sector in Gauteng Province, South Africa, South African Geographical Society, 22 – 27 June, East London, SA.
  • Gunter, A., (2013): Mega events as a pretext for infrastructural development: The case of the All African Games Athletes Village, Alexandra, Johannesburg, Sports, Leisure and Society Conference, 19 – 20 September, Brighton, UK.
  • Gunter, A., and Scheepers, L., (2011): Slum Housing as a Catalysis for Wealth Creation and Local Economic Development, IGU Regional Conference, 14-18 November, Santiago, Chile.
  • Gunter, A., (2011): Creating co-sovereigns though social housing, RGS-IBC Conference, 3-6 August, London, England.
  • Gunter, A., (2010): Selling Slums, reviewing De Soto’s tenure debate, UrbanLand Mark Conference, 1 – 2 November, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Gunter, A., (2010): Property Tenure and Local Economic Development, International Conference of Social Science, 2 – 5 August, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
  • Gunter, A., (2010): Is this the end of Neoliberalism: The collapse of the housing market and the role of the state, School of Arts Seminar Series, Monash South Africa.
  • Gunter, A., and Scheepers, L., (2009): Low Cost Housing: local wealth in property, IGU Local Economic Development colloquium, 7 – 14 September, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Gunter, A., (2009): Using FOSS GIS to Map Squatter Settlements in Developing Countries. 8th Biannual Conference of the Southern African Geographical Society, 1-3 September, UNISA.
  • Gunter, A., and Scheepers, L., (2009): Exploring poverty elevation through housing provision. 8th Biannual Conference of the Southern African Geographical Society, 1-3 September, UNISA.
  • Gunter, A., (2009): Getting it for Free: Using FOSS GIS to estimate dwelling frames in Squatter Settlements. International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium, 13 – 17 July, University of Cape Town.
  • Gunter, A., (2009): Exploring Urban Africa: Field Excursions through Johannesburg Tshwane and Ekurhuleni Region, Geography and Environmental Science Seminar Series, Monash University, Clayton Campus.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Fellowships Associate

  • Member of the OpenSpace Research Centre, the Open University (2013 – Present)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh (September – December 014)
  • Post-Doctoral VRA School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (2012)

Teaching Awards

  • Dean of Arts Commendation of Excellence in Teaching Monash University 2011
  • Winners Pro-Vice Chancellors Outstanding Teachers Award Monash South Africa 2010
  • Dean of Arts Commendation of Excellence in Teaching Monash University1 2010
  • Nominated for the Vice Chancellors Outstanding Honours Supervision Award Monash University 2010
  • Deans of Arts Highly Commended Teaching Award Monash University 2009
  • Nominated for the Pro-Vice Chancellors Outstanding Teachers Award Monash South Africa 2009
  • Dean of Arts Commendation of Excellence in Teaching Monash University 2008
  • Nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s showcase of Teaching Excellence Monash University 2008
  • Dean of Arts Commendation of Excellence in Teaching Monash University 2007

Professional Societies and Involvement

  • Council Member of the South African Geographical Society
  • Advisory Board Member of the African Community Fund for Education
  • The College of Agriculture and Environmental Science Ethics Committee, UNISA
  • Monash South Africa, School of Arts Honours Coordinator 2008 - 2011 - Panel Member
  • The International Water Center, African Water Research Node 2009 - 2011 - Avisory Board Member.
  • The Royal Geographical Society – Fellow
  • The International Geographical Union’s Local Development Commission - Corresponding member
  • The Geo-Informatics Society of South Africa – Member
  • The Open Source GeoAfrica society – Member
  • The Monash South Africa Grounds and Facilities committee 2007 – 2010 - Committee member

Projects

Community Engagement

Wiki Walks website (project under development)