Research & Publications


Doctoral Research
Title: Beyond the Pilot Programme. Towards broad-based integrated violence prevention in South Africa

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. phil. Helmuth Berking

Date of submission: 27th March 2014

Defended: 1st July 2014

–> Case Study
Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU): The VPUU programme is being implemented in Khayelitsha and aims to combat violent crime in the township areas of Khayelitsha. The project is financed through a bi-lateral cooperation between the German Development Bank (KfW) and the City of Cape Town and forms the basis of a case study undertaken as part of my doctoral research.



Uğur, L. (2018) Integrated destination governance: An evolutionary approach to open innovation and stakeholder engagement for resilient tourism destinations in Innerhofer, E., Fontanari, M. & Pechlaner, H. (Eds) Destination Resilience. Challenges and Opportunities for Destination Management and Governance. New York, NY: Routledge. Ch. 7, pp. 88-97.

Uğur, L. & Vogler, R. (2017) Sustainable Tourism Development: Case Studies and Practical Implications, Uni Edition, Berlin.

Uğur, L. (2017) Destination Frankfurt – Redefining Germany’s Financial Capital. The Case Centre UK. Available at

Uğur, L. (2016). Managing complexity: A case for adaptive management in tackling urban violence in South Africa. Emergence: Complexity and Organization. 2016 Dec 31 [last modified: 2017 Feb 5]. Edition 1. doi: 10.emerg/10.17357.83b679e69ba1e0ab7e49964b8883ea2c.

Uğur, L. (2016) ‘Mind the Gap: Reconceptualising Inclusive Development in Support of Integrated Urban Planning and Tourism Development’, in Pasquinelli, C. and Bellini, N. (eds) Tourism in the City. Towards an Integrative Agenda on Urban Tourism. Springer International, pp. 51–66. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-26877-4.

Caruso, N., Hammami, F., Peker, E., Tulumello, S. & Uğur, L. (2016). Differences and connections: beyond universal theories in planning, urban and heritage studies. Urban Research and Practice, 9(2), pp. 219-224.

Uğur, L. (2014). Beyond the Pilot Programme. Towards broad-based integrated violence prevention in South Africa. PhD Thesis, Technische Universität Darmstadt:

Uğur, L. (2014). Designing to Heal: Planning and Urban Design Response to Disaster and Conflict. Review. International Planning Studies, 2014 online

Uğur, L. (2014). Review: Living the City in Africa. Urban Africa online:

Caruso, N., Hammami, F., Peker, E., Tulumello, S. & Uğur, L. (2014). Cities that Talk: Urban resistance as challenges for urban planning. Urban Research and Practice, October 2014. Online:

Uğur, L. (2013). (Re)thinking Urban Development: Preface. In Xavier, Melgaco, Orvananos (eds.) Mundus Urbano: (Re)thinking urban development, Berlin: Frank & Timme, pp. VII-IX.