Sharon Penderis obtained her Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies (cum laude) and Masters’ degree in Geography and Environmental Studies (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch. She received the W.A. Nieman Research Award for the best Honour’s thesis in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Stellenbosch and was awarded the Society for South African Geographers (SSAG) Gold Medal for the Best Masters’ Thesis in Geography in South Africa in 1996. Her PhD was entitled: State/society relations in the South African Developmental State: Integrated Development Planning and public participation at the local level.
Sharon acts as the Masters’ external moderator for a number of universities including the University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Limpopo, University of the North West and UNISA. Besides teaching and supervision, she further provides annual tuition to international students from Marquette University, Milwauki, Wisconsin at the University of the Western Cape presenting the module “Leaders in Grassroots Organizations: Community Development and Social Analysis”.
Recent conference attendance include the presentation of a paper at the National Development Studies Conference: Reshaping development in the 21st Century at UNISA, Pretoria from the 28-30 September, 2011 where she presented a paper entitled “Interrogating the emerging South African Developmental State”. She further attended the 2nd International Conference on Local Government which took place in Durban from the 26 to 28 October, 2011 and presented a paper entitled “Theorizing participation: from tyranny to emancipation”. Both papers were subsequently published in a national and international Journal as follows: Penderis, SP 2012 : Interrogating the emerging South African developmental state. Africanus 42(1), 4-15. Penderis, SP 2012 : Theorizing participation: from tyranny to emancipation. Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies 1(3), 1-28. A more recent paper was published as part of ACCEDE’s working paper series, namely – Penderis, SP 2014 : Participatory governance and the politics of space in Delft. Working Paper 13. African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy. Bellville, University of the Western Cape.
More recently, Sharon attended the International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress in Montreal, Canada from 18 – 24 July, 2014. She presented a paper within the sub-theme: Metropolitan Government Reform: Amalgamation and Its Alternatives co-authored with Professor Chris Tapscott, and entitled “The Establishment of a Development Local State in South Africa: Between Rhetoric and Reality”. The paper focused on attempts to establish a system of developmental local government in the Cape Town metropolitan area and, in particular, the City of Cape Town’s endeavour to advance citizen participation and bring about transformation and poverty reduction through the process of integrated development planning.