Dr Philipp HornDr Philipp Horn


Room number: D19
Telephone (internal): 26938
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6938
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6938
Email: p.horn@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @Philipp__Horn


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.


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.

Urban indigeneity

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.


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

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.


Horn, P (2019) Indigenous Rights to the City: Ethnicity and Urban Planning in Bolivia and Ecuador. Routledge

Edited Books

  • Horn P, d'Alencon PA & Cardoso AC (Eds.) (2018) Emerging Urban Spaces. A Planetary Perspective. Springer

Journal articles

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