Emeritus Professor Nigel Worden obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has taught at Cambridge, Edinburgh and UCT. His research focuses on the eighteenth century Cape colony and its links with the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. A particular emphasis is slavery and its legacy as well as social identity construction in early colonial Cape Town.
He has also worked on heritage issues in South Africa and in Southeast Asia and has authored general surveys and textbooks on South African history. In 2014, Nigel was made a Fellow of UCT 'in recognition of distinguished academic work of such quality as to merit special recognition'.
(Edited) Cape Town between East and West: Cultural Identities in a Dutch Colonial Town (Johannesburg: Jacana, and Hilversum: Verloren, 2012)
“The Changing Politics of Slave Heritage in the Western Cape, South Africa”, Journal of African History 50 (2009), pp. 23-40.
(Co-authored with Elizabeth Van Heyningen and Vivian Bickford-Smith) Cape Town: The Making of a City, An Illustrated Social History (Cape Town: David Philip and Hilversum: Verloren, 1998) The Making of Modern South Africa; Conquest, Apartheid and Democracy (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1993, 5th edition 2012). Slavery in Dutch South Africa (Cambridge University Press 1985; reprinted in paperback 2010)