Publications

All working papers, studies, policy-related briefs and journal articles from the African Cities Research Consortium can be accessed here.

FEATURED | Maiduguri: City report

Maiduguri, the largest city in northeast Nigeria and the capital of Borno State, faces multifaceted challenges stemming from endemic poverty, governance gaps and the lasting impact of the Boko Haram insurgency that started in 2009. This report, employing the African Cities Research Consortium’s conceptual framework, delves into the political settlement, city systems and development domains that shape Maiduguri’s urban development.

  • All Working Papers

    Download peer reviewed articles on urban development challenges in Africa.

    Working Paper 15 | Health, wellbeing and nutrition: Domain report


    Cecilia Tacoli, Rachel Tolhurst, Paul Currie, Henry Bazira, Wiseman Chijere Chirwa, Lamech Malekano Chimphero, Ayagirwelarha Cishibanji, Katy Davis, Mary H Hodges, Muallem Kamara, Liliane Nabintu Kabagale, Regina Mamidy Yillah, Veronica Mwangi, Inviolata Njoroge, Bossisi Nkuba, Andrew Gerald Omoding, Lilian Otiso, Samuel Owuor, Nicola Rule, Gloria Seruwagi, Maria Ssematiko, Sia Tengbea and Hamid Turay | June 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 14 | Maiduguri: City report


    Imrana Buba, Abubakar K Monguno, Haruna Ayuba, Kingsley L Madueke and Stephen B Ajadi | May 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 13 | Lilongwe: City report


    Donald Brown, Mtafu Manda and Tuntu Mwalyambwile | May 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 12 | Land and connectivity: Domain report


    Tom Goodfellow, Abdifatah Tahir, Liza Rose Cirolia and Ransford Acheampong | May 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 11 | “My business challenges are far worse right now, I will go for Covid-19 vaccine later”: Post-pandemic lessons from the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in informal settlements in Harare, Kampala, Lilongwe and Nairobi


    Kate Lines, Stanley Dzimadzi, Henrik Ernstson, Joseph Kimani, Michelle Koyaro, Zilire Luka, Tarisai Manyowa, George Masimba Nyama, Patience Mudimu, Sheila Muganyi, Paul Isolo Mukwaya, Viola Nuwahereza, Teurai Nyamangara, Junior Alves Sebbanja, Elvira Songoro, Hakimu Sseviiri, Alice Sverdlik, Jane Wairutu and Happiness Zidana | April 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 10 | African cities in the wake of Covid-19: Tracing multiple inequalities, official responses and grassroots strategies in Harare, Kampala, Lilongwe and Nairobi


    Alice Sverdlik, Stanley Dzimadzi, Henrik Ernstson, Joseph Kimani, Michelle Koyaro, Kate Lines, Zilire Luka, Tarisai Manyowa, George Masimba Nyama, Xola Mteto, Patience Mudimu, Sheila Muganyi, Paul Isolo Mukwaya, Viola Nuwahereza, Teurai Nyamangara, Junior Alves Sebbanja, Elvira Songoro, Hakimu Sseviiri, James Tayler, Jane Wairutu and Happiness Zidana | April 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 9 | Informal settlements: Domain report


    Smith Ouma, Daniela Cocco Beltrame, Diana Mitlin and Beth Chitekwe-Biti | February 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 8 | Improving health, wellbeing and nutrition: What limits or enables the uptake of healthy diets in Nairobi’s informal settlements?


    Samuel Owuor, Lilian Otiso, Veronica Mwangi and Inviolata Njoroge | February 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 7 | Safety and security: Domain report


    Patience Adzande, Paula Meth and Stephen Commins | February 2024 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 6 | Data portraits: Covid-19 vaccine rollout in informal settlements in Harare, Kampala, Lilongwe and Mumbai


    Kate Lines, Stanley Dzimadzi, Thomas Karakadzai, Edris Lubega, Diana Mitlin, Patience Mudimu-Matsangaise, Vinodkumar Rao, Junior Alves Sebbanja and Happiness Zidana | October 2022 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 5 | Towards a comparative understanding of community-led and collaborative responses to Covid-19 in Kampala, Mogadishu and Nairobi


    Alice Sverdlik, Henrik Ernstson, Paul Mukwaya, Jane Wairutu and Jackie Waithaka | June 2022 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 4 | Understanding the politics of Covid-19 in Kampala, Nairobi and Mogadishu: A political settlements approach


    Badru Bukenya, Tim Kelsall, Jacqueline Klopp, Paul Mukwaya, Tonny Oyana, Eliud Wekesa and Abdhalah Ziraba | May 2022 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 3 | Annotated bibliography on urban politics and political economy in African cities


    Lewis Abedi Asante | Dec 2021 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 2 | Uneven development, politics and governance in urban Africa: An analytical literature review


    Michaela Collord, Tom Goodfellow and Lewis Abedi Asante | Nov 2021 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 1 | Politics, systems and domains: A conceptual framework for the African Cities Research Consortium


    Tim Kelsall, Diana Mitlin, Seth Schindler and Sam Hickey | Sep 2021 | Working Papers

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  • Journal Articles

    Fight against indiscipline? The governance of street trader displacements in Oshodi Market, Lagos


    Geoforum | December 2023 | Ademola Omoegun

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    Ring roads, revived plans & plotted practice: The multiple makings of Nairobi’s urban periphery


    Habitat International | December 2023 | Miriam Maina and Liza Cirolia

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    Opportunistic obedient resistance: “Taking the state at its word” in resisting state-led inner-city redevelopment in Addis Ababa


    Political Geography | November 2023 | Ezana Haddis Weldeghebrael

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    Ascendant recentralisation: the politics of urban governance and institutional configurations in Nairobi


    Journal of East African Studies | November 2023 | Smith Ouma

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    Post-conflict statecraft, land governance and exclusion in Hargeisa, Somaliland


    Environment & Urbanization | October 2023 | Abdifatah Ismael Tahir

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    Participation as ‘city-making’: a critical assessment of participatory planning in the Mukuru Special Planning Area in Nairobi, Kenya


    Environment & Urbanization | October 2023 | Smith Ouma

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    Covid-19 vaccine rollout: data from informal settlements in Harare, Kampala, Lilongwe and Mumbai


    Environment & Urbanization | February 2023 | Kate Lines, Stanley Dzimadzi, Edris Lubega, Patience Mudimu-Matsangaise, Vinodkumar Rao, Junior Alves Sebbanja, Happiness Zidana and Diana Mitlin

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    Electoral politics and violence in Somalia: Implications for livability in Mogadishu


    Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies | 2022 | Abdifatah Ismael Tahir

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    The contribution of reform coalitions to inclusion and equity: Lessons from urban social movements


    Area Development and Policy | December 2022 | Diana Mitlin

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    Legal pluralism, obscure reforms and adjudication of land conflicts in Hargeisa, Somaliland


    Land Use Policy | September 2022 | Abdifatah Ismael Tahir

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  • City Research

    Maiduguri: City research brief


    May 2024 | Research Brief

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    Maiduguri: City report


    Imrana Buba, Abubakar K Monguno, Haruna Ayuba, Kingsley L Madueke and Stephen B Ajadi | May 2024 | City Report

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    Lilongwe: City research brief


    May 2024 | Research Brief

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    Lilongwe: City report


    Donald Brown, Mtafu Manda and Tuntu Mwalyambwile | May 2024 | City Report

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    Improving health, wellbeing and nutrition: What limits or enables the uptake of healthy diets in Nairobi’s informal settlements?


    Samuel Owuor, Lilian Otiso, Veronica Mwangi and Inviolata Njoroge | February 2024 | City Domain Report

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    Accra: City Scoping Study


    Ransford A. Acheampong | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Addis Ababa: City Scoping Study


    Ezana Haddis Weldeghebrael | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Bukavu: City Scoping Study


    Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka, Emery Mushagalusa Mudinga and Tom De Herdt | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Dar es Salaam: City Scoping Study


    Milla Nyyssölä, Tim Kelsall and Tim Ndezi | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Freetown: City Scoping Study


    Alexandre Apsan Frediani | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Harare: City Scoping Study


    George Masimba | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Kampala: City Scoping Study


    Henrik Ernstson and Paul Mukwaya | December 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Khartoum: City Scoping Study


    Enrico Ille and Griet Steel | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Lagos: City Scoping Study


    Ola Uduku, Taibat Lawanson and Oghenetega Ogodo | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Lilongwe: City Scoping Study


    Kate Strachan, Jessica Kavonic, Tim Kelsall and Tom Hart | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Maiduguri: City Scoping Study


    Marissa Bell and Katja Starc Card | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Mogadishu: City Scoping Study


    Lucy Earle | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Nairobi: City Scoping Study


    Alice Sverdlik | June 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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  • Domain Research

    Health, wellbeing and nutrition: Research summary


    Cecilia Tacoli, Rachel Tolhurst and Paul Currie | June 2024 | Research Summary

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    Health, wellbeing and nutrition: Domain report


    Cecilia Tacoli, Rachel Tolhurst, Paul Currie, Henry Bazira, Wiseman Chijere Chirwa, Lamech Malekano Chimphero, Ayagirwelarha Cishibanji, Katy Davis, Mary H Hodges, Muallem Kamara, Liliane Nabintu Kabagale, Regina Mamidy Yillah, Veronica Mwangi, Inviolata Njoroge, Bossisi Nkuba, Andrew Gerald Omoding, Lilian Otiso, Samuel Owuor, Nicola Rule, Gloria Seruwagi, Maria Ssematiko, Sia Tengbea and Hamid Turay | June 2024 | Domain Report

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    Land and connectivity: Research summary


    Tom Goodfellow, Abdifatah Tahir, Liza Rose Cirolia and Ransford Acheampong | May 2024 | Research Summary

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    Land and connectivity: Domain report


    Tom Goodfellow, Abdifatah Tahir, Liza Rose Cirolia and Ransford Acheampong | May 2024 | Domain Report

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    Informal settlements: Research summary


    Smith Ouma, Daniela Cocco Beltrame, Diana Mitlin and Beth Chitekwe-Biti | February 2024 | Research Summary

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    Informal settlements: Domain report


    Smith Ouma, Daniela Cocco Beltrame, Diana Mitlin and Beth Chitekwe-Biti | February 2024 | Domain Report

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    Improving health, wellbeing and nutrition: What limits or enables the uptake of healthy diets in Nairobi’s informal settlements?


    Samuel Owuor, Lilian Otiso, Veronica Mwangi and Inviolata Njoroge | February 2024 | City Domain Report

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    Safety and security: Research summary


    Patience Adzande, Paula Meth and Stephen Commins | February 2024 | Research Summary

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    Safety and security: Domain report


    Patience Adzande, Paula Meth and Stephen Commins | February 2024 | Domain Report

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  • Reports + Briefings

    Download key background research reports and briefing materials from the African Cities Research Consortium.

    ACRC | Health, wellbeing and nutrition: Research summary


    Cecilia Tacoli, Rachel Tolhurst and Paul Currie | June 2024 | Research Summary

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    ACRC | Maiduguri: City research brief


    May 2024 | Research Brief

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    ACRC | Land and connectivity: Research summary


    Tom Goodfellow, Abdifatah Tahir, Liza Rose Cirolia and Ransford Acheampong | May 2024 | Research Summary

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    ACRC | Lilongwe: City research brief


    May 2024 | Research Brief

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    ACRC | Informal settlements: Research summary


    Smith Ouma, Daniela Cocco Beltrame, Diana Mitlin and Beth Chitekwe-Biti | February 2024 | Research Summary

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    ACRC | Building a shared approach to action research


    Compiled by Irene Vance | February 2024 | Briefing Paper

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    ACRC | Safety and security: Research summary


    Patience Adzande, Paula Meth and Stephen Commins | February 2024 | Research Summary

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    ACRC | Decolonising ACRC report


    Edwin Kibui Rwigi | October 2023 | Internal Report

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    Covid Collective | Redefining urban social protection programmes in Malawi: Lessons from the Covid-19 Emergency Urban Cash Intervention (CUCI)

    Happiness Zidana and Zilire Luka | September 2023 | Policy Brief

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    Covid Collective | Informal settlement communities as first responders to disasters: Covid-19 pandemic experiences in Harare


    Tarisai Manyowa, Sheila Muganyi and Teurai Nyamangara | September 2023 | Policy Brief

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    Covid Collective | Nairobi in the wake of Covid-19: Civil society organisations key to building resilient capacities


    Michelle Koyaro, Elvira Songoro, Jane Wairutu and Joseph Kimani | August 2023 | Policy Brief

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    Covid Collective | Covid-19 effects and responses in Kampala’s informal sector: Promises for social justice and resilient livelihoods in the face of multiple crises


    Hakimu Sseviiri, Paul Isolo Mukwaya, Viola Nuwahereza and Junior Alves Sebbanja | June 2023 | Policy Brief

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    ACRC | Decolonisation temperature check survey results


    May 2023 | Internal Report

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    ACRC | Evidence-informed decisionmaking to spur action in Nairobi


    Michelle Koyaro, Charity Mwangi, Joseph Kimani, Rashid Mutua and Nancy Njoki | March 2023 | Workshop Report

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    ACRC | Nairobi research progress and collaborations workshop


    Michelle Koyaro, Charity Mwangi and Joseph Kimani | November 2022 | Workshop Report

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    ACRC | Lagos development vision leaves the citizens behind


    Taibat Lawanson | November 2022 | Research Brief

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    Covid Collective | The politics of Covid responses in African cities: Lilongwe


    Tuntufye Mwalyambwire and Thoko Sambakunsi | August 2022 | Briefing Paper

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    Covid Collective | Towards a comparative understanding of community-led and collaborative responses to Covid-19 in Mogadishu


    Henrik Ernstson and Alice Sverdlik | June 2022 | Briefing Paper

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    Covid Collective | Towards a comparative understanding of community-led and collaborative responses to Covid-19 in Kampala


    Alice Sverdlik, Henrik Ernstson and Paul Mukwaya | June 2022 | Briefing Paper

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    Covid Collective | Understanding community-led and collaborative responses to Covid-19 in Nairobi


    Alice Sverdlik, Henrik Ernstson, Jane Wairutu and Jackie Waithaka | June 2022 | Briefing Paper

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    Covid Collective | Covid-19 response in Nairobi: A political settlements approach


    Jacqueline Klopp, Eliud Wekesa and Abdhalah Ziraba | June 2022 | Briefing Paper

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    Covid Collective | Politics and Covid-19 in Kampala


    Badru Bukenya, Paul Mukwaya and Tonny Oyana | May 2022 | Briefing Paper

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    African Cities Research Consortium | Explainer Leaflet


    African Cities | August 2022 | General

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    African Cities Research Consortium | Two-Page Summary


    African Cities | April 2021 | General

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