Publications

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

FEATURED | Safety and security: Domain report

Residents of African cities are highly vulnerable to widespread manifestations of violence, including crime, political and ethnically motivated intimidation, threats to property, both housing and land rights, and gender-based violence. Drawing on mixed methods research on residents’ lived experiences and perceptions of insecurity in six African cities, namely Nairobi, Bukavu, Freetown, Mogadishu, Lagos and Maiduguri, the safety and security domain addressed broad questions regarding the meanings and lived experiences of, and response to, safety and in/security held by different urban residents; and about the range of actors and institutions involved in the production of in/security.

  • All Working Papers

    Download peer reviewed articles on urban development challenges in Africa.

    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

    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

    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: Domain report


    Patience Adzande, Paula Meth and Stephen Commins | February 2024 | 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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  • Reports + Briefings

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

    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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    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 | 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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