Urbanisation and the Environment

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Urbanisation and the Environment 

This is research concerned with the nature of urbanisation processes and patterns and the associated sustainability of urban environments. Current themes include:

  • Urban Electricity Practices in the Global South: using a socio-technical and ethnographic perspective, this research area investigates everyday practices related to electricity infrastructures in contexts of weak infrastructure planning and provision, urban informality and poverty (Principal Researcher: Idalina Baptista)
  • Colonial Urban Energy Landscapes: this research area examines the co-evolution of urban environments and energy infrastructures in colonial Africa as the product of historically contingent and context-specific socio-political processes (Principal Researcher: Idalina Baptista)
  • Knowledge for Sustainable Urbanisation: this research area focuses on the production, circulation and transfer of knowledge about what constitutes ‘good’, ‘just’ and ‘sustainable cities’ (Principal Researcher: Idalina Baptista)
  • Urban Innovations and Sustainability: this research strand focuses on conceptualising low carbon innovations and suggesting ways of how to govern them through the case of urban transport (Principal Researcher: Nihan Akyelken)
  • Infrastructure, resilience and tenure: the relevance of ‘resilience-thinking’ in the context of the regularisation of housing tenure in low-income urban communities (Principal Researcher: David Howard)
  • Shelter, security and formality: impacts of urban violence and access to housing and urban services in low-income communities (Principal Researcher: David Howard)