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|IJ van der Merwe|
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602
Izak Johannes van der Merwe was born on 21 March 1941. He matriculated from
Hottentots Holland High School, Somerset West, and studied at Stellenbosch
University (BA 1962, BA hons, cum laude, MA, cum laude, DPhil 1972: The differential development of the intra-urban space of Kimberley).
I J van der Merwe was the Director of the Institute for Cartographic Analysis at Stellenbosch University (1975-1990), Professor and chairman, Department of Geography (1991-1996) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (1997 - 2002). Since 2003 he serves as a Research Fellow at the Department of Geography.
He was editor of the journal, South African Geographer (1992 - 1993) and published over 50 scientific articles in South African and international accredited journals.
Izak van der Merwe is married to Audrey Erica Rankin and they have two sons, Izak Johannes and Rian.
Research and teaching : Urbanization and urban problems in Southern Africa; Socio-cultural and language patterns; Regionalism and boundaries; Higher Education Change and Structures
1981 - : Editorial Committee of the Israeli academic journal Geography Research Forum; 1984 - : Full member of the SA Academy of Arts and Science; 1990 - 1994: Member of the Development Society for Southern Africa; 1990 - 1996: Chairman, Management Board of the Centre for Geographical Analysis, Stellenbosch University; 1993: The official Task Group of the Negotiation Council on The demarcation of provinces in South Africa. The country's present post-apartheid nine provinces are the outcome of this exercise.; 1995-97: President of the Society of South African Geographers; 1998: Visiting Professor, Institute for Territorial Planning at the University of Ancona, Italy.
1994 : Demography: The people of our country. Chapter in Book of the year. World Spectrum, Cape Town. (In Afrikaans)
1999 : Restructuring of informal business space in Pietersburg, South Africa (pp 99-110). In A Aguilar & I Escamilla (Eds.): Problems of megacities: social inequalities, environmental risk and urban governance. Mexico City: UNAM (With SE Donaldson)
2000 : Population: Structure and dynamics in a crowded world. Chapter in The Geography of South Africa in a changing world, Fox R & Rountree K (eds), Oxford University Press. (With JH van der Merwe)
2002 : Current perspectives on urban change in South Africa. Chapter in International handbook or urban systems studies of Urbanisation and migration in advanced and developing countries, HS Geyer (ed), Edward Elger Publishers, UK. (With HS Geyer)
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