Dr Philipp Horn
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
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Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Geography and Planning Building
I have a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of Mannheim and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Manchester. My PhD focused on the role of indigenous rights in urban policies and planning in a context of constitutional changes that have taken place in Bolivia and Ecuador. I completed my PhD in Planning at the University of Manchester in 2015.
I joined the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in February 2018 having previously worked as postdoctoral research associate at the Open University.
- Research interests
My research interests centre around inclusive urban development planning in the global South, with a regional focus on Latin America. My work is highly interdisciplinary and engages with debates in urban studies, planning, geography and global development. It also tries to actively influence international policy debates, particularly those around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. Within this broad agenda, my research focuses on two interrelated areas: (1) urban indigeneity and (2) citizen-led and participatory planning.
In post-colonial societies indigenous peoples have been historically constructed as inferiors, often excluded from urban life and citizenship rights. Rapid urbanisation in the 20th and 21st century has not led to significant changes in such trends. Focusing particularly on the Latin American region, and especially on Bolivia and Ecuador, my research documents emerging patterns of indigenous urbanisation and looks at the everyday lived experience of urban indigenous peoples. Through direct engagement with indigenous activists and local authorities, my research examines opportunities and
challenges around integrating specific interests, demands and rights-based claims of indigenous peoples into urban policies and planning interventions.
Citizen-led and participatory planning
While current city-wide spatial planning approaches might be useful in designing urban development plans and visions, they often do not sufficiently consider the resources, investments, and specific interests of low-income groups and other marginalised communities. My research examines to what extent and how participatory and citizen-led approaches to planning might provide solutions to this problem. As part of this work, I have conducted research with indigenous communities in Latin America and, more recently, organised slum dweller groups in Africa and Asia.
- Indigenous Rights to the City: Ethnicity and Urban Planning in Bolivia and Ecuador. London: Routledge. View this article in WRRO
- Emerging Urban Spaces. Springer International Publishing.
- Diverse Articulations of Urban Indigeneity among Lowland Indigenous Groups in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 41(1), 37-52. View this article in WRRO
- Introduction: Indigenous Urbanisation in Latin America. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 41(1), 3-5.
- The politics of hyperregulation in La Paz, Bolivia: Speculative peri-urban development in a context of unresolved municipal boundary conflicts. Urban Studies. View this article in WRRO
- Enabling participatory planning to be scaled in exclusionary urban political environments: lessons from the Mukuru Special Planning Area in Nairobi. Environment and Urbanization. View this article in WRRO
- Teaching Global Citizenship: The Global Leadership Initiative, its Impact and Challenges. Global Policy, 12(1), 131-139. View this article in WRRO
- Knowledge matters: The potential contribution of the coproduction of research. The European Journal of Development Research. View this article in WRRO
- The SDGs in middle-income countries: Setting or serving domestic development agendas? Evidence from Ecuador. World Development, 109, 73-84. View this article in WRRO
- Indigenous peoples, the city and inclusive urban development policies in Latin America: Lessons from Bolivia and Ecuador. Development Policy Review, 36(4), 483-501. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO From Recognition to Implementation of Ethno-racial Justice: Contradictory Urban Indigenous Politics in Bolivia. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
- Does Economic Crisis Always Harm International Migrants? Longitudinal Evidence from Ecuadorians in Barcelona. International Migration, 53(2), 274-290.
- Asset Accumulation: An Alternative Approach to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Development Policy Review, 30(6), 663-680.
- View this article in WRRO Indigenous rights to the city struggles in Bolivia: Towards an intersectional and intergenerational approach, Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South: Intersectionality, Inequalities, and Community (pp. 31-44).
- Aníbal Quijano (1928–2018) In Simon D (Ed.), Key Thinkers on Development Abingdon: Routledge.
- Emerging Urban Indigenous Spaces in Bolivia: A Combined Planetary and Postcolonial Perspective, The Urban Book Series (pp. 43-64). Springer International Publishing
- Introduction In Horn P, d'Alencon PA & Cardoso AC (Ed.), Emerging Urban Spaces A Planetary Perspective (pp. 1-19). Springer
- Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Development. The Journal of Development Studies, 50(11), 1588-1590.
Theses / Dissertations
- Indigeneity, Constitutional Changes and Urban Policies: Conflicting Realities in La Paz, Bolivia and Quito, Ecuador.
- View this article in WRRO Contested Territories: Lessons from Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Conflict, Resistance and Alternatives in Latin America. Contested Territories Working Paper Series, 1.
- View this article in WRRO Scaling participation in informal settlement upgrading: A documentation of community mobilisation and participation in the Mukuru Special Planning Area, Nairobi, Kenya.
- View this article in WRRO Knowledge matters: the potential contribution of the co-production of research to urban transformation. Global Development Institute Working Paper series, 2019-039.
- Towards citywide participatory planning: emerging community-led practices in three African cities. Global Development Institute Working Paper Series, 2018-034.
- Understanding the tipping points of urban violence: Conceptual framework. Understanding the tipping points of urban conflict Working Paper Series, 1.
- MDGs and assets. Global Urban Research Centre Briefing Paper, 1.
- Verfassungspopulismus und Verfassungswandel in Lateinamerika. Giga Focus, 2.
- Research group
Interested in PhD studies?
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who have interests in the following areas:
- Breaking group inequalities in cities;
- Indigenous urbanisation;
- Participatory planning in cities of the global South;
- Land rights and peri-urban land conflict;
- Urban expansion and extended urbanisation.
- Teaching activities
I currently contribute to the following modules:
- TRP108 Information & Communication Skills
- TRP628 Planning for Informality
- TRP6019, Governance and Participation in the Global South
- TRP6406, Dissertation
In 2020 due to the Covid pandemic we ran an international fieldtrip virtually. This short blog details this experience and our insights from this. A second blog, 'Experiential planning education with Southern partners', reflects on the (post)COVID “global” University.