The research group investigates the multi-faceted social, economic and political processes shaping cities on the African continent. Attentive to the global forces influencing conditions and opportunities in cities, research by the group also explores the role played by highly diverse local actors. This includes the myriad initiatives through which urban residents make do, service neighbourhoods and effectively re-make cities from below. Attention is given to the encounter between informal grassroots practices and authoritative forms of planning and regulation that are often informed by Western ideals of urbanism. The ways in which urban residents strive for social inclusion, lay claims to the city and imagine the city are explored.


Ilda Lindell (Coordinator), Associate Professor, e-mail
Onyanta Adama, PhD, e-mail
Andrew Byerley, PhD, e-mail
Lena Fält, PhD Student, e-mail
Lennert Jongh, PhD Student, e-mail