School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Brij Maharaj

Senior Professor

Brij Maharaj is a senior professor of geographer at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a former president of the Society South African Geographers. He is a B-rated NRF researcher. 

He was co-editor of the South African Geographical Journal (Routledge). He was also Consulting Editor of the Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies. He has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Urban AffairsGeoforumAntipode, Indian Ocean SurveyAfrican Geographical ReviewMigration and Development, and South Asian Diaspora 

He is a civic activist from the anti-apartheid era, and actively promotes and advocates for a revived civil society in democratic South Africa. He is a regular media commentator on topical issues as part of his commitment to public intellectualism. 

Research interests

Brij Maharaj has received widespread recognition for his research on urban politics, mega-events, segregation, local economic development, xenophobia and human rights, migration and diasporas, religion, philanthropy and development,  and has published over 150 scholarly papers in renowned journals such as Urban StudiesInternational Journal of Urban and Regional StudiesPolitical GeographyUrban GeographyAntipodePolity and SpaceGeoforumMigration and DevelopmentLocal Economy, and GeoJournal, as well as five co-edited book collections. 

Research profiles