Spectators walk through turnstiles at Emirates Airline Park in South Africa

Kellison joins Fulbright project studying South African campus village

College of Education & Human Development Assistant Professor Tim Kellison was selected for a Fulbright Specialist project focused on supporting and expanding Hatfield Campus Village in Pretoria, South Africa.

Kellison is working with staff at the University of Pretoria and the Department of Town and Regional Planning to study the campus village, which encompasses the University of Pretoria, the Hatfield Community Improvement District, some residential areas, Loftus Versfeld Stadium and local secondary schools.

“There are concerns that this area will begin to present in terms of decay, poor accessibility, lack of affordable public transport, crime, lack of affordable housing for students, lack of quality amenities and social deterioration – similar to other campus villages in Africa,” Kellison explained. “The vision for the Hatfield Campus Village, in which the university serves as the anchor, is not unlike Georgia State University’s vision for the commercial and residential district surrounding Georgia State Stadium.”

Georgia State took ownership of the former Turner Field property in January and has recently completed its conversion and construction into a 22,000-seat football stadium. Future phases of the redevelopment will include a new baseball park and parking facilities on the site, private housing, and retail and corporate facilities around the stadium.

While in South Africa, Kellison has met with stakeholders and university administrators, toured a new commercial district being constructed next to the rugby stadium, attended public meetings on the Hatfield Community Improvement District and toured several stadiums in Pretoria and neighboring Johannesburg.

He hopes to bring his research on the politics of public stadium financing, urban and regional planning, and environmentally-sustainable design to the table as he and his colleagues study how sport facilities can be structured, developed and utilized to enhance the economic and structural composition of a campus village.

“One of our end goals was to develop a long-term research agenda that we can pursue in the next two to three years, so I expect that this experience is only the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship,” Kellison said.

For more information about Fulbright Specialist programs, visit https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-specialist-program.