School of Built Environment and Development Studies Seminar 

Title: Future, Change & Choices: Strategic planning methods and issues for development professionals 

Speaker: Peter Robinson 

Time: 13h00 – 14h20, 30 April 2014.  

Venue: Seminar Room F213, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Memorial Tower Building, UKZN. Google maps: -29.866933,30.981963 

Prof Peter Robinson is an Urban and Regional Planner whose career has spanned professional and academic fields.  He lectured in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Natal (and later) KwaZulu-Natal (1977 – 1981 and 1993 – 2009); he was appointed Professor in 1995 and Professor Emeritus in 2011.  Since 1978 his work as a planning and development consultant has involved a wide range of spatial planning and development assignments in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga the Northern Province and Swaziland.  He was a partner in Osmond Lange Inc. (1981 – 1983) and VARA (1983 – 1992) before setting up Peter Robinson & Associates in 1993.  In addition to lecturing and consulting, he has been a member of the International Society of City & Regional Planners (ISoCaRP) since 1981; he was a member of the South African Council for Town and Regional Planners (1999 – 2002); a Council member of the South African Institute of Race Relations (1996 to date); Chairperson of the Cato Manor Development Association Board (1993 – 1999); a Trustee of the Project Preparation Trust (KwaZulu-Natal) (1994 to date) and currently co-chair. 

Planned seminars (This is a provisional schedule. Events will be confirmed about a week before through the mailing list. If you would like to be added to or removed from the mailing list, please contact

5 May: Derek van heerden ‘Recent Architectural work in Rural and Peri-urban SA with emphasis on creating effective Teaching and Learning space through ‘bottom up’ Processes’ 

14 May: Mvu Ngcoya ‘Topic to be confirmed’ 

21 May: Daniela Casale ‘The relationship between early nutrition and cognitive outcomes in children of preschool age: Evidence from the South African Birth to Twenty Study’ 

28 May: Balazs Nemeth ‘Competitiveness challenges facing the automotive industry in Hungary’

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