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Scott Burnett (Wits Centre for Diversity Studies)

Phase 2 Principal Investigator
Sweden & South Africa
Wits Centre for Diversity Studies

Scott Burnett investigates the construction and repair of racial hierarchies privileging whiteness in spatial and environmentalist discourse. He is part of the research team at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in  Johannesburg, South Africa, and lectures in strategic communication at Lund University in Helsingborg, Sweden. His doctoral thesis, entitled “Giving back the land: Whiteness and belonging in contemporary South Africa” was completed in 2018. His work has been published in leading journals such as ACME: an International Journal for Critical Geographies, Discourse, Context & Media, and the African Journal of Employee Relations. 

Before his doctorate, Scott spent over a decade working on South Africa’s national youth development and HIV-prevention for young people, loveLife, which was one of the world’s largest and most ambitious multimedia and social activation programmes. He served in a number of programme management and design roles, and ultimately as director of strategy. 

Scott also holds an M.Sc. in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A.Hons in English and Philosophy from the university currently known as Rhodes. He is a frequent contributor to public debates on whiteness and racism.

Scott is Principal Investigator on the Phase 2 project 'Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba.'

Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items written by Dr Scott Burnett are listed below:

Post-Conflict Participatory Arts Socially Engaged DevelopmentThis book investigates the power of art to enhance human development and to initiate positive social change for individuals and societies recovering from conflict. Edited by Changing the Story partners …Diego Alfonso, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Claudia Pineda Marín, Dr Laura K. Taylor, Dr Scott Burnett, Dr Tendayi Marovah, Edwin Cubillos, Joshua Chikozho, Nub Raj Bhandari, Willard Muntanga, , , , , , , , , , , colombia kenya lebanon nepal uganda zimbabwe locationarticle language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
The messiness of building community: Co-creation across lines of social differenceBlog (2020/01/08) The messiness of building community: Co-creation across lines of social differenceDr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Scott Burnett, , , phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Voicing ambiguities in the Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba co-creator collectiveThis article authored by Aylwyn Walsh and Scott Burnett considers youth co-production in the context of the Changing the Story phase 1 project Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba. The participatory project conceives …Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Scott Burnett, Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba, , , phase1 phase2 south-africa locationarticle language-english