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Urban Development and Transformation.

The 21st century is urban and the world’s most rapidly growing cities are in the global South. Our research focuses on urban development and the transformation of cities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.


This research identifies characteristics of cities that are particularly ‘Southern,’ and also seeks to enrich mainstream urban studies by focusing on emergent trends such as China’s influence on African cities, the application of global environmental governance frameworks in Latin America, and the re-emergence of regional planning strategies that foster transnational connections through mega-infrastructure projects. We have long-standing collaborations with academics and policy makers around the world, and we use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to gather primary data in some of the world’s most dynamic cities.


Researchers in this field include: Seth Schindler, Miguel Kanai, Charis Enns.