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Mr Rob McGaffin

MCRP (Town Planning) (Cape Town), MPhil (Land Economics) (Cambridge)
Registered with South African Council for Planners

Senior Lecturer

Tel: 021 650 3443

Robert McGaffin is a town planner and land economist. He has worked as town planner with the City of Cape Town and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and he has worked as a researcher for the Cambridge MIT Institute looking at the location factors of the high-tech industry in the UK and USA. His other focus is property finance in which he gained experience working as a manager in Standard Bank’s Commercial Property Finance Division. He has worked with Rode and Associates to produce the Rode Growth Points Report. He currently lectures on both the Property and Construction Programmes at the UCT Department of Construction Economics and Management and he is the Property Market Theme Coordinator for Urban LandMark.

Research Interests

  • Urban Land Economics and City Planning
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Public Sector Finance
  • Property Valuation


Property Development, Property Valuation, Land Economics and Property Finance

External Responsibilities

Property Market Theme Coordinator for Urban LandMark

University representative on the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements Academic Forum

Selected Recent Publications

  • McGaffin, R. 2011: Expropriation: “Key to more equitable land distribution, or expensive folly?” SA Valuer (104), Pangram.

  • McGaffin, R. and Watson, V. 2008: “Les projets de développement intégré localisé. Le cas du corridor de Wetton Lansdowne Philippi” in A Dubresson and S Jaglin (eds) Le Cap après l’apartheid. Gouvernance, aménagement et gestion urbaine, Karthala Press. Pp 69-86.

  • Tyler, P., Baxter, C., Moore, B., Morrison, N., McGaffin, R. and Otero-Garcia, M. 2007: ‘Enterprising places; sustaining competitive locations for knowledge–based business.’ CMI-MIT Research Series, Cambridge.