Professor Charlotte Lemanski

BA (Durham), MSc (LSE), DPhil (Oxon), PG Cert (UCL)

Special Supervisor, Postgraduate Mentor

Dr Charlotte Lemanski

College Roles

  • Special Supervisor in Geography
  • Postgraduate Mentor

University Roles

  • Professor of Urban Geography



Dr Charlotte Lemanski


  • 2014-present, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2012-2014: Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University College London
  • 2007-2012: Lecturer, Department of Geography, University College London
  • 2007-2009: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE, University College London
  • 2005-2006: Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town
  • 2001-2005: Research Assistant and Part-time lecturer, Development Planning Unit, University College London
  • 2000-2001: MSc Development Management, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 1999-2000: Tearfund Graduate Apprentice (South Africa)
  • 1995-1998: BA (hons) Politics, University of Durham

Research Interests

My research has focused on urban issues in contemporary South Africa (and to a lesser extent, India), exploring the ways in which poverty inequality manifest at the everyday scale in the post-apartheid context of political, economic and social transformation. This has been investigated through analyses of: housing (from low-income state-subsidised to exclusive gated communities), fear and segregation, and governance and citizenship.  My most recent research project addresses ‘infrastructural citizenship’, using findings from South Africa to reveal the ways in which access to, and practices of, both citizenship and public infrastructure (e.g. housing, services) are intrinsically linked for urban citizens.