Our research archive containing information about some of our past research projects over the years.
The Shehr Network
An academic initiative that seeks to further a social-historical and critical understanding of contemporary cities and urban practices in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.
International Research Group on Governing cities in Africa
Law, local institutions and urban identities since 1945 African and European researchers employing different historiographical, theoretical and methodological approaches to study Cities in Africa over the past half-century.
Network Association of European Researchers on the Urban South (N-AERUS)
A collaborative research network that facilitates exchanges among researchers across the world and conjoint, comparative investigations.
Woodrow Wilson Center Immigration and Integration in Urban Communities
A network examining how immigrants negotiate with longtime residents over economic, political, cultural, and linguistic boundaries
Africa Urbanism: the theory building initiative
This project seeks to address the continued absence of theoretical work on the nature and dynamics of urbanism in African cities characterised by large swathes of informality. African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Living in the African City
Funded by: Swiss National Fund
A research collaboration that seeks a better comprehension on how cities, and in particular African cities, are informed and transformed by their inhabitants and how, on the other hand, the cities transform the lives of their inhabitants.
CUCR, Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, University of California-Berkeley
A research collaboration that explores the production of urban peripheries and the contributions of the peripheries to the dynamism of the metropolis.
Inter-Referencing Asia: Urban Experiments and the Art of Being Global
CUCR, Social Science Research Council, University of California, Berkeley
A research collaboration that examines how Asian cities produce global urbanism through experiments of inter-referencing whereby urban elites borrow, copy, and articulate city-making across national borders. More information on Inter-Referencing Asia: Urban Experiments and the Art of Being Global
Making Global Cities
CUCR, Institute of Global Studies at University of Minnesota
A north-south research collaborative among scholars from diverse disciplines and geographical backgrounds to conduct research on selected mega-cities in the global South and the transnational processes that link these cities.
Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge
A collaboration of urbanists, artists, writers, and filmmakers to create program linkages and intersections of knowledge about a wide range of secondary cities in Africa.
An Anthropology of Secondary Cities in Africa (A comparative regional analysis)
Collaborative research project examining the singular dynamics of secondary cities, with case studies from Congo, Ghana, Namibia, and Cameroon.
Art and Urbis
CUCR, Doual’art (Cameroon)
An international network of artists, architects and urbanists working on the redevelopment of urban space and the building of transdisciplinary urban cultural institutions.
Initiating Urban Cultural Studies in Cambodia
CUCR, Centre for Khmer Studies
A collaborative research and training program that attempts to document the economic and social complexions of urban districts in Cambodia.
More information on Initiating Urban Cultural Studies in Cambodia
Urban Poor Consortium
CUCR, The North Jakarta collaboration. A research and training program that works with 80 community residents of six socially and economically heterogeneous districts in North Jakarta to document local social economies and power relations as a political instrument in various restructuration efforts underway in the city.
More information on Urban Poor Consortium
Megacities Project: Problematizing the Urban (Theory, Culture and Society New Encyclopedia Project)
A collaborative publication project that envisions a set of theoretical frameworks to understand emergent conditions in what may be called the "twenty-first-century city", outside normative urban theories modelled variously on the ideas of cosmos, machines and biological bodies.
A collaborative research project that examines the remaking of urban economies in Kinshasa, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Abidjan through the elaboration of Transurban circuits of entrepreneurship, small and medium scale trade with nodes in Dubai, Bangkok, and Guangzhou.