On 22 November 2017, the South African Cities Network, an established network of South African cities that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practice in urban development and city management, published a series of papers on urban land, entitled The Urban Land Papers Vol 2: A Transit-Orientated Development Lens. The publication explores various land questions through the lens of transit-oriented development (TOD). TOD has become a central component of the integrated urban development agenda, and has been promoted in a number of South African policy documents including the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF). TOD is therefore a fundamental part of many cities’ integrated, spatial and built environment development plans. SERI contributed to the publication with a paper on the use of the spatial mismatch hypothesis as a measure for advancing spatial justice in South African cities.
SERI's contribution, which was written by Lauren Royston, Nthabiseng Nkhatau and Alana Potter, is entitled "Towards a Measure of Spatial Justice in South African Cities: Spatial Mismatch and SPLUMA". The paper uses SERI's research report, Edged Out: Spatial Mismatch and Spatial Justice in South Africa's Main Urban Areas (November 2016, written by Lauren Royston and Josh Budlender), to show that South Africans who live on urban peripheries face higher unemployment because of their location. These findings are supported by statistics from eight metro municipalities in South Africa. The paper recommends that spatial mismatch be used as an indicator of spatial (in)justice and that municipalities use their spatial development frameworks (SFDs) to reverse the current spatial mismatch within South African cities.