Launch of free DPU/SLURC MOOC on development and planning in African Cities
3 September 2018
We are delighted to announce the launch of a 4-week online course on Development and Planning in African Cities. The course will start on October 8, is free and open to all.
Produced by the DPU and the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, Njala University, the new online course (MOOC) on Development and Planning in African will begin on October 8, and is open for enrolment. The course takes 3 hours per week over 4 weeks to compete.
You can find the course trailer, register and get more information on the Future Learn platform which hosts the course:
This course will explore African cities through the lenses of spatial justice and social diversity, challenging myths and assumptions about urban development and demonstrating how different processes interact and shape the development of a city.
The course is a work-in-progress and was developed by the lead educators Andrea Rigon and Joseph Macarthy and produced with the support of Alexander Stone and Joanna Stroud. It follows a face-to-face course with the same contents delivered in June to 25 Sierra Leone civil servants, academics, civil society leaders and urban professionals selected from more than 200 applicants. This online course is also an attempt to meet the great demand for learning in this field and we hope it will also attract new students to the DPU and Njala University.
The course steering committee was formed by: Prof Nancy Odendaal, Prof Adriana Allen, Prof Caren Levy, Dr Colin Marx, Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Prof Camillo Boano.
The course includes contributions from the following people as well as the residents of Freetown:
Prof Vanessa Watson, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town. Global South Editor of Urban Studies.
Dr Blessing Mberu, Senior Research Scientist and Head of Urbanization and Wellbeing, African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi.
Prof Colin McFarlane, Department of Geography, University of Durham
Prof Adriana Allen, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.
Dr Jonathan Silver, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield
Mr Julian Walker, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.
Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.
Dr Colin Marx, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.
Mr Yirah Conteh, Chair of the Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor of Sierra Leone.
Mr Braima Koroma, Institute of Geography and Development Studies and co-director of Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, Njala University.
Dr Alphajor Cham, Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Government of Sierra Leone.
Mr John Vandy Rogers, Director, Department of Disaster Management, Government of Sierra Leone.
Dr Victor Tamba Simbay Kabba, Director, Institute of Geography and Development Studies, Njala University.
Ms Austina Sellu, Researcher, Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre.