UCL Urban Laboratory


Sovereign Circuits

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There has been a sustained interest in investing in African cities from sovereign actors over the last few decades. China’s role is iconic, although not unique - Japan, South Korea and India will also figure in the research. State and private sector Chinese firms have been enrolled in the geopolitically ambitious “Belt and Road” initiative, bringing large scale infrastructural investment to the Eastern coastal areas of Africa, but extensive engagement is apparent across the continent.