Charlotte Albin

DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development


Municipal responses to the settlement of internally displaced people in Ethiopian cities

Research abstract

This research aims at providing a new insight by investigating the perspective of local governments when hosting internally displaced persons resettled in urban areas. The research will look at the case of Ethiopia where both the number of IDPs and the rate of urbanization are among the highest in Africa. In addition, it will attempt to grab the perspective of secondary cities that are often neglected when looking at both the integration of migrants and urban challenges, although they are particularly affected by both phenomena. In sum, this study intends to examine the integration policies at municipal level in addition to the central-local relationships in such policies in the sub-Saharan context.  


Dr Isabel Ruiz

Dr David Howard



Charlotte started her DPhil in October 2019. She obtained an MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Urban Policy from Sciences Po Paris.

Charlotte currently works as an urban and economic development specialist at UN-Habitat Ethiopia. She is supporting Ethiopian local governments in building urban resilience through community engagement and capacity building. Prior to that, she was a Fellow for the Overseas Development Institute in Guinea-Bissau for two years; and also worked in Nairobi and London on projects supporting local authorities and urban development.

Charlotte has a great interest in exploring the potential of African cities to become an engine of growth and prosperity.

Research interests

Local integration policies; African cities; urban governance; urban migrants