Staff Directory

Prof Maléne Campbell
Associate Professor
Urban and Regional Planning
ARG 13
Urban and Regional Planning
IB 69
051 4013575
Architecture Building 13

Short CV

Maléne (Maria MM) Campbell (Pr. Pln A592/ 1988) is a professional Town and Regional Planner with 32 years experience. She worked both in private and public sector and has been teaching at the University of the Free State for the past 24 years while doing research. During this time, she investigated town planning challenges of mining towns and secondary cities. She also published on additional topics such as studentification. She delivered three PhD students, 67 Master`s dissertation students and one research masters student during her academic career. Editorial contributions include the role as editor of the Town and Regional Planning Journal as well as a member of the editorial team of the journal Acta Structilia. She is currently the Academic Departmental Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.


Mining towns 

Human Settlements – Planning

Secondary cities 

Socially and spatially excluded communities

Small Towns



Publications (Short List)

Chapters in books


Sinxadi L., Campbell M. 2020. Factors Influencing Urban Open Space Encroachment: The Case of Bloemfontein, South Africa. In: Roggema R., Roggema A. (eds) Smart and Sustainable Cities and Buildings. Springer, Cham. ISBN 978-3-030-37634-5 Pp287-298.


Toba, L. & Campbell, M. 2020. Homelessness by choice and by force. Filho, W.L., Özuyar, P.G., Azul, A.M., Brandli, L., Azeiteiro, U. and Wall, T. (Eds). No Poverty, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020. DOI:


Campbell, M. 2019. Mbombela: a growing provincial capital and tourism destination. In Marais, L. & Nel, V. Space and Planning in Secondary Cities: Reflections from South Africa. Stellenbosch: SUN Media, pp 92-106.

Drewes, E. & Campbell, M. 2017. Assessing a hybrid governance and planning framework: The case of the Tsassamba Committee. In Marais, L. (Ed) Mining and Communities in the 21st Century: The Postmasburg Case Study. London New York: Routledge, Pp 63-76.

Campbell, M., Nel. V. & Mphambukeli, T. 2016. EMalahleni. In Marais, L., Donaldson,R. & Nel, E. (Eds) Secondary Cities and Development. London & New York: Routledge, pp 63-82. ISBN: 978-1-138-95225-


Refereed journal articles 

Muleya, N. & Campbell, M. 2020. A multisensory approach to measure public space

quality in the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Town and Regional Planning, no.76, pp. 56-71. DOI:

Campbell, M. & Drewes, E. 2018. A tripartite approach to ensure municipal service delivery: The case of a mining town in South Africa. Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning, November, pp 93-102. DOI: 10.24193/JSSP.2018.2.02 

Campbell, M., Nel, V. & Mphambukeli, T. 2017. The governance and spatial planning challenges of a thriving economy based on non-renewable resources within a local government under Administration: the case of Witbank, South Africa. Land Use Policy Journal. No 62, pp 223-231.

Campbell, M.M.M. and Mholo, J., 2016. An Exploration of the Provision of Government-Subsidised Housing without Title Deeds:A Recipient’s Interpretation of Security of Tenure. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural,

Construction and Architectural Engineering, 10(9), pp.1082-1087. 

Campbell, M. 2016. A great place and not yet, another declining small town: The case of Clarens, South Africa. Urbani Izziv. Vol 27, No2, pp138-148. DOI: 10.5379/urbani-izziv-en-2016-27-02-005


Refereed international conference paper 

Campbell, M., Drewes, E., & Brand, A. 2019. Corridor development in a South African coal mining region. Regional Networks and Economic Space Development.  RSA Russia Division Workshop, Yekaterinburg, Russia 14-16 November.

Campbell, M. & Drewes, E. 2018. A Hybrid Local Government Approach Towards Planning and Development. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Construction, Building and Real Estate (COBRA) Research Conference. London, 23-25 April 2018.


 Contract research: published report

 Campbell, M. 2017. Mbombela. In Marais, L. and Du Plessis, D. (Eds). Spatial Transformation: Are Intermediate Cities Different? Johannesburg: South African Cities Network, pp 32-34. Available from



Mining towns

Human Settlements

Secondary cities

Socially and spatially excluded communities




Area(s) of Interest

Student housing 


Housing for low-income families


Area(s) of Expertise

Courses Presented

Post-graduate courses: Master of Urban and Regional Planning; Master of Land and Property Development Management; Honours in Spatial Planning)

BEH704/ URHS7904 (Housing) 2001–2019

SBF793/ URUP7906 (Urban Research Project) 2014-2020

URUT6804 (Research in Urban Development Theory) 2016-2020

URCS6814 (Capita Selecta) 2020

URCS6824 (Capita Selecta) 2020



URCS7904 (Capita Selecta in Planning) 2016-2018

URMD6806 (Research Project) 2018, 2020

URMD7900 (Mini Dissertation in Urban and Regional Planning) 2018, 2019, 2020

URRR6800 (Research Project - Specialising in Human Settlements) 2018, 2020

Community Service

Spatial Development Framework for Setsoto Local Municipality 2018-2019

Service Learning

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