Romain Dittgen is a Human Geographer holding a PhD from the University of Paris 1 (PanthéonSorbonne). He is currently a Postdoctoral fellow (‘Life in the City’ Research Grant), jointly hosted by the African Centre for Migration & Society and the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis & City Planning (SA&CP) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research interests, framed around the spatial expression of capital and subsequent changes experienced by urbanites, speak to the evolving nature of cities within Southern Africa. In the past, he has held positions as Senior Researcher at SA&CP, the South African Institute of International Affairs, as joint visiting fellow at the African Studies Centre and the International Institute for Asian Studies (in Leiden, the Netherlands) and as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. At the moment, he is working on a book manuscript on Chinese urban spaces in Johannesburg and in Lusaka, to be co-authored with a Zambian architect, Dr. Gerald Chungu.