Department of Development Studies

Dr LJ Ntema

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Development Studies
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 2121


  • BAEd
  • BA Hons in Geography
  • MA in Geography
  • PhD in Development Studies

Fields of academic interests

  • Housing policy and informal settlement
  • municipal services
  • local economic development 

Journal articles

  • Ntema, J., and Marais, L., 2014: Regulating informal home-based trade in South Africa: Xenophobia or a policy requirement? Africa Insight, 44(2), 125-141.
  • Marais, L, Ntema, J, Cloete, C, and Venter, A., 2014: From informality to formality to informality: Extralegal land transfers in an upgraded informal settlement of South Africa. Urbani Izziv, vol 25, 105-118.
  • Marais L, Moeketsi S, Ntema J, Venter A, and Cloete J., 2014: Towards an understanding the outcome of housing privatization in South Africa. Urban Forum, 25(1),57-68.
  • Ntema, J., and Marais, L., 2013: Comparing low-income housing outcomes in self-help and contractor-driven projects: The case for longitudinal research. Urban Forum, 24(3), 389-405
  • Marais, L., and Ntema, J., 2013. The upgrading of an informal settlement in South Africa: Two decades onwards. Habitat International Journal:  vol 39, 85-95.
  • Ntema, J., & Marais, L., 2010: State involvement in self-help housing: Reflections from the Free State (Acta Structilia Journal, 17(2), 84-106

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • European Network for Housing Research (ENHR)
  • Society of South African Geographers (SSAG)