Working together for urban progress

African Cities Research Consortium is a collaborative approach to tackling complex problems in the continent’s rapidly changing cities.


Cities are complex, dynamic, political systems. We bring together the right people and an understanding of the political economy of individual cities to identify and address the critical challenges they are facing.

Our aim is to generate insights and evidence that will help improve the living conditions, services and life chances of all city residents, particularly for disadvantaged communities.


What are urban development domains?

What are urban development domains?

There is a widespread recognition that narrowly focused sectoral urban interventions tend to fail. Sectoral interventions are particularly likely to fail in the urban context because of the inter-relationship between consumption and production of goods and services.

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Today! 🇹🇿 @urban_know Dar es Salaam #CityPartners @ccitanzania & #ArdhiUniv teams are exhibiting their 4-years of investigations on urban equality and prosperity in low-income settlements, #Tanzania✊ Forming part of #KNOW2022👉 @dpu_ucl @SLURC_FT


Political settlements analysis is often used at the national level, to understand the formal and informal agreements made by powerful groups.

@TimKelsall1 explains how we'll be applying this approach at the city level 👉

Our “city of systems” approach is central to our research framework, accounting for a series of interrelated systems that are designed to manage material flows and foster social outcomes.

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🚨 Save the date! 🚨

In our first #WIDERWebinar of the year, @DianaMitlin will explore #urban economies in #SSA, joined by @mnkdanquah as a discussant.

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📅 1 Feb 2022
⏰ 16:00 UTC+2

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What are #urbandevelopment domains?

Central to our research approach, we define domains as fields of power, policy and practice that are relevant to solving particular problems/advancing opportunities in relation to cities.

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