Professor Noor Nieftagodien joined SERI's Board of Directors in June 2015. Noor is the South African Research Chair in Local Histories, Present Realities and is the Head of the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he also lectures in the Department of History. He is the co-author, with Phil Bonner, of books on the history of Alexandra, Ekurhuleni and Kathorus, and recently published books on the history of Orlando West and the Soweto uprising, and co-edited a book on the history of the ANC.
Noor has published articles and book chapters on aspects of popular insurgent struggles, public history, youth politics and local history. He is currently researching the relationship between local popular movements and the local state in the Vaal. He serves on the boards of the South African History Archives (SAHA), the Centre for the Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES), the Gauteng Cities Regional Observatory and the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), as well as the editorial boards of African Studies and Africa Perspectives Series.