UCL Urban Laboratory


Making Africa Urban: The transcalar politics of large-scale urban development

This project investigates how the future of African cities is being shaped by transnational processes based on sovereign, developmental and private investment in large-scale urban developments in Accra (Ghana), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Lilongwe (Malawi).

Making Africa Urban is a collaboration between Prof Jennifer Robinson (UCL Geography), Prof Phil Harrison (University of the Witwatersrand), Prof George Owusu (University of Ghana, Legon) and Dr Evance Mwathunga (Chancellor College, University of Malawi). Three cities are studied: Accra (Ghana); Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); and Lilongwe (Malawi). The transnational framework allows a new perspective on urban governance challenges, focused on large-scale projects, and will seek to treat African experiences as the basis for wider insights into global urban politics.


Making Africa Urban logos (European Research Council; UCL Urban Laboratory; UCL Geography)
This research project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 834999). It is based in the UCL Department of Geography and supported by the UCL Urban Laboratory. The partner organisations are the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, University of Ghana and University of Malawi.