Lochner Marais is a Professor of Development Studies at the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State (UFS). He is also an honorary professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (University of Queensland, Australia). He serves on the editorial board of Habitat International and is also the Speciality Chief Co-editor for the Cities in the Global South section of the journal, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. His research interests include housing policy, small cities and towns (mining and renewable towns and cities) and public health focusing on children. In addition to concentrating on each of these themes separately, he focuses on integrating them. Marais has authored, co-authored and compiled more than 250 research reports, including 180 refereed articles in peer-reviewed journals or books. These include 127 journal articles and 48 book chapters. He has also co-edited nine books. Over the past ten years, he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for research grants to the value of approximately R20 million. He has a specific passion for creating and managing interdisciplinary projects.