UCL Grand Challenges


Urban + Value: Theory and politics of urban value capture in Africa

Urban + Value: Theory and politics of urban value capture in Africa is a collaboration between researchers in Geography and the Development Planning Unit

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1 August 2018


Grant: Grand Challenges Small Grants
Year awarded: 2018-19
Amount awarded: £3,986.40


  • Jennifer Robinson, Geography
  • Colin Mark, Development Planning Unit
  • Ben Page, Geography
  • Mariana Mazzucato, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Clare Melhuish, UCL Urban Lab
  • Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, UCL African Studies Research Centre

DFID is preparing a call for a research programme on “African Cities As Systems: unlocking urban systems that work better for all”. The objective of this proposed GC application is to establish a strong, interdisciplinary network across UCL to bring forward a bid for this and other potential large-scale collaborative research on urbanisation in Africa.

A two-day workshop will develop current urban theory debates on “value” in conversation with interdisciplinary perspectives on African urban development to establish the analytical approach which will make UCL’s bid distinctive

Outputs and Impacts

  • A cross-disciplinary UCL network and an innovative conceptualization of urban value
  • A collaborative research bid on African urbanization to DFID