Academic Staff

Dr Shari Daya

BA Hons (UCT), MA (Durham, UK),
PhD (Durham, UK)

Academic Profile

Since my PhD I have worked on a range of projects, looking at issues from sustainable consumption to the link between neighbourhoods and adolescent mental health. My current work addresses the cultural values driving processes of production and consumption in urban areas. I joined the department in 2008 and teach in the field of cultural geography at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Currently teaching:

  • EGS 4042F Cultural Geographies
  • EGS 3022S Geographic Thought
  • EGS 2014S Contemporary Urban Challenges

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the sub-discipline of cultural geography and my theoretical work focuses on questions of modernity and identity in the global South - particularly Africa and India. I am also interested to understand how modernity is not just talked and written about, but embodied, enacted and otherwise materialised in everyday life. To this end, I explore how people imagine and participate in different economic systems, including formal capitalist markets, informal trading, 'green' and alternative economies such as cooperatives and the Fair Trade movement, and creative industries. My current empirical work is on the economies of craft in urban Cape Town, alcohol consumption in the Western Cape, and the ethical production of fynbos in Flower Valley on the Agulhas Plain.


Publications in Accredited Journals

  • Daya, Shari (forthcoming) Performing place, mobility and identity in South Africa. Area.
  • McEwan, Cheryl and Daya, Shari (forthcoming) 'Geography, culture and global change' in Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. & Sidaway, J. Human Geography, Issues for the 21st Century. London: Pearson.
  • Daya, Shari (2010) Eating, serving, and self-realisation: food and modern identities in contemporary Indian women's writing. Social and Cultural Geography 11 (5). 475-489.
  • Daya, Shari (2010) 'Modernity' in The Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1928-1931.
  • Daya, Shari (2010) Book review: Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader, by Jennifer Harding and Deirdre Pribram, eds. Emotion, Space and Society.
  • Daya, Shari (2009) Embodying modernity: reading narratives of Indian women's sexual autonomy and violation. Gender Place and Culture 16 (1). 97-110.
  • Amin, Ash; O'Neill, Michael; Brown, Donna and Daya, Shari, eds. (2009) Thinking About Almost Everything: New Ideas to Light up Minds. London: Profile Books.
  • Daya, Shari (2008) 'Modernity and the body: textual constructions of the new Indian woman' in Zowie Davy et al. (eds.) Bound and Unbound: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genders and Sexualities. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. 201-218.
  • Daya, Shari and Lau, Lisa (2007) 'Introduction: power and narrative' in Lisa Lau and Shari Daya (eds.) Power and Narrative. Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry 17 (1).