Ernsten, C. (2021). Colonial Heritage and Urban Transformation in the Global South. Excavating Cape Town’s Rebirth. Springer.
Ernsten, C., & Shepherd, N. (2021). A Decolonial Diary: Traversing the Colonial Pasts and Presents of the Cape of Good Hope. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 7(2), 258–275. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.40432
(2019). Utopia and dystopia in the post-apartheid city: the praxis of the future in Cape Town,Social Dynamics, 45:2, 286-302,
Shepherd, N., Ernsten, C. & Visser, D-J. (2018) The Walking Seminar. Embodied Research Methodologies in emergent Anthropocene Landscapes. On Air Press.
Ernsten, C. (2017). The “Bigger Picture”: How the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2014 World Design Capital Events Conditioned Cape Town’s Urban Transformation. Urban Forum 29, 63–84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12132-017-9325-0
Ernsten, C. (2017). A Renaissance with Revenants: Images gathered from the Ruins of Cape Town’s Districts One and Six. In L. McAtackney & K. Ryzewski (Eds). Contemporary Archaeology and the City. Creativity, Ruination and Political Action. Oxford University Press.
Ernsten, C. (2017). Truth as historical recapitulation: the dead of Cape Town’s District One, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 23:6, 575-586,
Ernsten, C. (2015) The Ruins of Cape Town’s District Six. Archaeologies. 11, 342–371. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11759-015-9281-z
Ernsten, C. (2014) Following the Ancestors: Six Moments in a Genealogy of Urban Design and Heritage in the City of Cape Town. Archaeologies. 10. 108–131. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11759-014-9254-7
Shepherd, N. & Ernsten, C. The World below: post-apartheid urban imaginaries and the bones of Prestwich Street dead. In: N. Murray and N. Shepherd (eds.), Desire Lines. Space, memory and Identity in the post-apartheid city. Routledge
(2017) with Nick Shepherd, “Goede Hoop na #RhodesMustFall, in NRC. C9
(2015) “Following the ancestors“, in Zahira Asmal and Ilze Wolff (eds.), Movement Cape Town. Cape Town: The City. 17-23.
(2013) “A rural style room“, Domusweb.
(2012) With Dirk-Jan Visser, “The story of a Dutch farm”, in: Volume. 150-159.
(2012) “Changes costumes“, Domusweb.
(2012) “Shaping Memory in South Africa”, in Domus 958: 66-76.
(2012) With Joost Janmaat, “Open Coop: a manifesto about the people we have met”, in: Andrea Philips and Fulya Erdemci (eds.), Social housing: Art, property and spatial justice. Amsterdam: SKOR, Sternberg Press. 105-118.
(2011) “Hide and seek in suburbia”, in: Domus 951: 64-69.
(2011) Mokum; A guide to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Archis.
(2010) With Andrea Brennen, “A memorial for Forgetting” in: Abitare 505: 27-37.
(2010) The Spontaneous City. Amsterdam: Bis.
(2010) With Edwin Gardner (eds.), “Microrayon Living. An inventory of user strategies“, a publication to the 2010 International Architectural Biennale Rotterdam.
(2010) With Joost Janmaat, Jans Possel and Willem Velthoven, Mediamatic Travel. Catalogue. Amsterdam: Mediamatic.
(2009) With Andrew Herscher and Edwin Gardner (eds,), “Love and Hate Atlas of Detroit“, an insert in: Volume 22.
(2009) With Toni Moceri (eds.), “Warren Special Report“, a supplement to: Volume 20.
(2009) Beyroutes. A guide to Beirut. Amsterdam: Archis.
(2008) With Joost Janmaat, “After post, ex, neo, end and re”, in Volume 16: 44-45.
(2008) “Archipelago. Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist“, in Volume 15: 106-110.
(2008) With Malkit Shoshan, “Hotel Abkhazia. Accommodating the victims of Georgia’s past“, in: Abitare 480: 162-174.
(2007) With Malkit Shoshan, “Extreme Makeover. The reconstruction of post-Soviet Karabakh“, in: Volume 11: 56-61.
(2007) With Nick Shepherd, “Urban imaginaries and memories of violence. Cape Town’s Prestwich Street” in: Volume 11: 138-141.