Urbanisation

Neglected drivers of urbanisation in Africa

The common assumption that rural-to-urban migration is the primary source of rapid urban population growth in Africa is flawed. Natural population increase within urban areas and rural transformation are also important forces. Policies aimed at easing population pressure in urban areas by discouraging migration are therefore unlikely to succeed, argues Sean Fox.

Most economists and policymakers assume that rural-urban migration […]

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    Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

This book is accessible in the best sense of the term and yet offers complex ideas and challenges to traditional planning norms that have shaped a geography of vulnerability across Maputo, says Jonathan Silver.

The climate crisis is not an uncertain future or purely scientific debate but a frighteningly real present that particularly threatens coastal, low-lying cities that an estimated […]

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    Book Review – Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds by Filip De Boeck and Sammy Baloji

Book Review – Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds by Filip De Boeck and Sammy Baloji

In Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds, Filip DeBoeck and Sammy Baloji generate an analysis that stretches our thinking about urban life. LSE’s Kate Dawson calls this book an important reference for anyone interested in urban life.

How we talk about urban phenomena matters. It matters not only because of the (perhaps overly declared) projections of an […]

October 21st, 2016|Featured, Urbanisation|0 Comments|

Uber is arriving now: Driving urban mobility in Africa

The Uber revolution has arrived. The ride-share app launched services in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and more recently in Uganda and Ghana. One of the biggest potential benefits of Uber in African cities could be to provide urban planners and authorities grappling with how to manage rapid urbanisation with access to data. The app collects substantial data on ride times, routes, and estimates of the supply and demand for paid transport. Astrid […]

September 12th, 2016|Economics, Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Slumming It: The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty by Fabian Frenzel

Book Review: Slumming It: The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty by Fabian Frenzel

Slumming It: The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty is exceptional in its efforts to understand slum tourism as a global industry, a symbolic practice and a specific logic of care, says Dagna Rams.

 

It might be difficult to view tourists squeezing a favela tour between a visit to Copacabana and a samba night as not taking part in the commodification […]

Photo blog: Johannesburg: A City Between

LSE’s Ed Charlton previews an LSE exhibition of award-winning photographer Jodi Bieber which runs from 13 June to 15 July.

For more than twenty years now, South Africa has been labouring at its own democratic redevelopment. As the country’s economic and cultural dynamo, Johannesburg has experienced a particularly profound set of changes during this time. The once white inner-city was […]

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    Book Review: The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City by Kim Gurney

Book Review: The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City by Kim Gurney

Kim Gurney takes readers through Johannesburg via three arts projects. It is a journey that gives a unique insight into the potential of public art to fashion new public imaginaries of common space says LSE’s Kate Dawson.

The debate about public space is not a new one. It is one that resurfaces in many guises, across many disciplines. And yet, […]

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    Book Review: Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa

Book Review: Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa

Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa draws attention to the fact that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are migrants and refugees, despite the dangers they face in trading on the streets. Kate Dawson describes this as a landmark volume in the growing literature on African cities which brings into […]

Zambia urbanising part 2: Encouraging good contagion

Population growth and migration into Zambian cities has accelerated rapidly in the last decade. Harnessing the positive effects of urban growth has the potential to support a wider structural transformation through productivity gains and the spillover benefits of competition and knowledge sharing. Today’s blog is the second part in our series on the challenges and opportunities facing Zambia as it struggles to deal with the effects of rapid urbanisation. Read part […]

Zambia urbanising part 1: Tackling bad contagion

Population growth and migration into Zambian cities has accelerated rapidly in the last decade. Well-managed urban growth has the potential to support a wider structural transformation through productivity gains and the spillover benefits of competition and knowledge sharing. Without proper planning and design of urban policies however, rapid urbanisation produces over-crowded, under-served, and increasingly unlivable and unproductive cities. Today’s blog is the first in a two-part series on the challenges and […]

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