Dr. Jacques Du Toit

  • Role in Center:

    Advanced Researcher

  • Discipline:

    Urban and Regional Planning

  • University:

    University of Pretoria

  • Country:

    South Africa

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Biography: Jacques du Toit is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has a bachelor’s degree in Planning from the University of Pretoria (cum laude), a master’s (cum laude), and a PhD in Social Sciences Methodology from Stellenbosch University. His critical interest is in Social Sciences Methodology, to improve the rigour and relevance of built environment research (i.e., architecture, construction, housing, and urban planning and design). His epistemic interest is in People-environment Studies, particularly in creating sustainable built environments that help facilitate human well-being and pro-environmental behaviour.

Selected Publications:

  • Pieterse, A./Du Toit, J./Van Niekerk, W. (forthcoming): Climate change adaptation mainstreaming in the planning instruments of two South African local municipalities. Development Southern Africa.

  • Du Toit, J./Wagner, C. (forthcoming): The effect of housing type on householders’ self-reported participation in recycling, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment.

  • Du Toit, J./Boshoff, N./Mariette, N. (2017): Normative versus actual methodologies in planning research: A hybrid picture. Journal of Planning Education and Research, vol. 37, no. 4, 477-487.

  • Du Toit, J. (2015): Research design. In; E. Silva, P. Healey, N. Harris & P. Van den Broeck (Eds) The Routledge handbook of planning research methods, Chapter 2.2. New York: Routledge.

  • Du Toit, J./Mouton, J. (2013): A typology of designs for social research in the built environment. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol. 16, no. 2, 125-139.

  • Du Toit, J. (2010): The methodological rigour of South African masters and doctoral planning theses: 1963-2007. Town and Regional Planning, no. 56, 3-9.

  • Du Toit, J. (2010): Local metropolitan government responses to homelessness in South Africa. Development Southern Africa, vol. 27, no. 1, 111-128.

  • Du Toit, J. (2007): Is spatial integration socially sustainable? Town and Regional Planning, no. 51, 37-45.

  • Pillay, U./Tomlinson, R./Du Toit, J. (Eds) (2006): Democracy and delivery: Urban policy in South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Research Design
  • Research Evaluation
  • Sustainable Built Environments

Current Position(s):

  • Senior Lecturer at Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Registered Professional Planner (South African Council for Planners)

Past Position(s)

  • Chief Researcher at Surveys, Analyses, Modelling and Mapping Research Programme, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Prizes & Awards:

  • C3-rated Researcher (South African National Research Foundation)
  • Research Fellow at Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science, and Technology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Memberships & Networks:

  • Member on Research Ethics Committee – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
  • Member on Research Ethics Committee – Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Urban Knowledge Exchange Southern Africa