‘With the advancement of GIS technology and newly available spatial data, we can move away from superficial interpretations of urban space and more rigorously explore marginality through the use of methodological tools created for geo-social analyses. Such tools will enhance our understanding of how ecological conditions and spatial processes affect marginalized individuals’.

Alexandra Hiropoulos is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Alexandra has a background in crime intelligence and criminal justice/criminology. Her research focuses on contextual effects on the occurrence of anti-foreigner violence in South Africa through the use of causal and geospatial analyses.

Her doctoral research examined the impact of social structural conditions indicating economic deprivation and social marginalization on the occurrence of violence against foreign nationals across South Africa. Her current work also examines the South African Police Service’s present and potential role in preventing xenophobic violence and the policing of diverse urban areas.