SJ Cooper-Knock is a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Edinburgh.
We caught up with SJ in Johannesburg, where she is working on the ‘Constructing Difference’ pilot project, alongside Emma Monama, Mercy Mupavayenda, and Loren Landau from ACMS. Their work has taken them to Orange Farm, where they have be using in-depth interviews and visual methods to explore what people think about the area, the connections they make with other residents, and the ways they move around Orange Farm in their everyday lives. The research has uncovered some interesting and important insights, and the team are now in the midst of transcribing and analysing their findings.
“It has been fantastic to work with such a thoughtful, innovative and engaged research team. We used photographs in this project as visual cues to start a diverse but focused discussion of spaces in Orange Farm. It worked really well and I’m excited to get started on the analysis.”