The Journal of Inclusive Cities and Built Environment is a component of the SARChI Chair for Inclusive Cities in South Africa. It is a University based Journal aimed at disseminating research outcomes in Inclusive Cities focused on vulnerable groups such as migrants, elderly, people living with disabilities, children, gender, race, and class. It also looks at city issues like Urban liveability and Sustainable development. The Journal seeks to bring together researchers across the world to share scientific knowledge in city inclusivity and all sectors of the built environment vocation. The Journal of Inclusive Cities and Built Environment (J-ICBE) is a peer reviewed journal published biannually.

Editor in Chief: Prof. Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu

Managing Editor:  Prof. Lovemore Chipungu



Colonialism is generally believed to connote the rule of a superior power over the internal affairs of another state (Young, 2018; Whyte, 2018; Hechter, 2020). Coloniality on the other hand implies the legacies of colonialism in a post-colonial society (Maldonado-Torres, 2017; Bonilla, 2020; Enns and Bersaglio, 2020). It encompasses the pattern of power relations in society, which emerges from society's colonial past (Ricaurte, 2019). While many may trace Africa's colonial realities back to the conquest and subjugation of Africa in the slave trade era (Wabah and N-ue, 2020; Masaka, 2021), one can argue invariable assert that official colonialization of Africa was formalized in the Berlin conference of 1884/85, chaired by Otto van Bismark (Idejiora-Kalu, 2019; Babatunde, 2020).

The 1950s marked the wave of pan-African nationalistic movements and independence in Africa (Falola and Essien, 2014; Schramm, 2016). While these waves of political independence have been a yearly celebration in practically all independent states in Africa, the elusiveness of coloniality in Africa cannot be over-emphasized.  The continuous subtle influence of the West and other emerging global powers in post-colonial African affairs is an everyday reality. This is evident in many decolonizing discourses in contemporary times. Colonizing research (Smith, 2019), education and knowledge (Fataar, 2018; Absolon, 2019), curriculum (Knight, 2018; Settler, 2019), among others.

In the 'seem like' decolonized region and countries, the lived experience of Africans subjects the opposite of a complete freedom experience. Read studies by Ocheni and Nwankwo (2012), Sesay (2014), and Kanakulya (2015) that provide a mixed grill experience of the 'post-colonial regime. Asserting this, in Southern Africa, the argument along the apartheid inequality continues to taunt the livelihood struggle and attempts of indigenous residents (Popoola et al., 2021). In Western Africa, post-colonial activities reflecting spatial inequality and power devolution quest across regions provoke a shock on the 'freedom' experience (Archibong, 2018). While the Northern and Eastern regions of Africa raised the question of the sustainability of governance (due to the emergence of new dimensions of coloniality- oligarchy, and monarchy) (Monjib, 2011).

While the idea of independence is meaningless unless it can be linked directly to total liberation, the underlining inquiry is to ascertain whether the political and social independence that started in 1950 encompasses true spatial emancipation for Africa and all Africans?

Along with the colonial and post-coloniality lens, this special issue is geared toward assessing the extent to which Africa can claim true spatial emancipation (if viable). It is aimed at discussing how coloniality plays out in the lived experiences of Africa. The issue welcomes papers that discuss coloniality and decoloniality issues as that relate to spatial justice within the build environment and cognate disciplines in humanities and social sciences. The aim is to cast a critical eye on the interdisciplinary prisms of how coloniality is expressed, embodied, and resisted within contemporary African contexts.


Published: 2022-07-09


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