Marie Huchzermeyer joined the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University (South Africa) in 2001 following a research fellowship in London and her PhD from Sociology at UCT. Her role in the School of Architecture and Planning has been to convene an interdisciplinary housing masters, while also contributing to the Planning programme and supervising higher degrees. She was acting Head of School from May 2012 to August 2013.
Marie's research has covered housing and informal settlement policy across different contexts and from a historical, political and rights-based perspective. In 2004 she published her first book 'Unlawful Occupation: Informal Settlements and Urban Policy in South Africa and Brazil' (Africa World Press). This was followed in 2011 by two further books: 'Tenement Cities: From 19th Century Berlin to 21st Century Nairobi' (Africa World Press) and 'Cities with 'Slums': from Informal Settlement Eradication to a Right to the City in Africa' (UCT Press). She has also co-edited two books, guest edited several journal special issues and contributed to housing policy debates through academic and non-academic journals as well as the media.