Paul Currie

urban Modelling and Metabolism Assessment, Stellenbosch University
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Paul is an ecologist currently interested in challenges & opportunities emerging through rapid African urbanisation and is currently tracking urban metabolic flows in the city of Cape Town.



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Member ID 0833
First Name Paul
Last Name Currie
Member Since Aug 16, 2016


Living between New York and Johannesburg, Paul developed a significant obsession with cities. Paul received his Bachelors of Science in Evolutionary Biology at Stony Brook University, New York. He completed his MPhil in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, estimating resource consumption profiles of 120 African cities. His academic disciplinary pairing alongside his fascination with the dynamism of urban systems has led Paul to the urban Modelling and Metabolism Assessment Research Team (uMAMA) at Stellenbosch University to delve into resource flows, resource efficiency and resource equity in African cities.

Paul's current research involves comparing top-down and bottom-up approaches to collecting data on resource consumption in cities. The first output was a baseline of Cape Town’s resource consumption profile. Current steps involve understanding how household-level consumption patterns contribute to overall urban consumption. Understanding different resource consumption patterns and their drivers throughout the city is useful for identifying new infrastructure development options.

Recent Publications:

Currie, P.K., Musango, J.K., May, N.D., 2017. Urban metabolism: A review with reference to Cape Town. Cities 70, 91–110. doi:10.1016/j.cities.2017.06.005
Currie, P.K., Musango, J.K., 2016. African Urbanization: Assimilating Urban Metabolism into Sustainability Discourse and Practice: African Urbanization. J. Ind. Ecol. 21, 1262–1276. doi:10.1111/jiec.12517

Research Interests

urban metabolism
urban inequality
sustainable development
system dynamics modelling

Contact Information

Organization urban Modelling and Metabolism Assessment, Stellenbosch University
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Country South Africa

Website contributions from this member

Apr 12, 2019 Member Spotlights: Paul Currie
Mar 02, 2020 Virtual Networking 24-25 March 2020

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