Professor Sue Parnell is an urban geographer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is on the Executive of the African Centre for Cities at UCT. She has held previous academic positions at Wits University and the University of London (SOAS) and visiting research fellowships from the LSE, Oxford University, Durham University, the British Academy and was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University College London. She is the author of over 100 academic papers, 8 edited volumes and 2 co-authored books. She serves on the Editorial boards of many ISI ranked academic journals dealing with urban and development issues.
Sue co-authored the Urban Transformations key debate on a 2030 Policy Endorsement of a Sustainable Future: Implications for Urban Research.