UCL Urban Laboratory


George Owusu

Lead Collaborator, Making Africa Urban


George is a Professor of Urban Geography at the Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon. He has served as Head of the Department of Geography & Resource Development and Director of CUMS (Centre for Urban Management Studies) and is currently Dean of the School of Social Sciences. He has published widely on cities in Ghana, as well as the wider African context, on topics of urbanisation, urban governance, urban economies, economic development and settlement, as well as urban planning, Regional development, Decentralisation, Urban/Peri-urban Land Tenure and Land Administration,  Youth, Enterprises and Employment as well as Crime and Violence.

Role in the Making Africa Urban research project

Prof Owusu is one of the three collaborators on the project, leading the research team focussing on Accra. He will work with a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant and a PhD student based in Accra. He has a particular interest in the ‘private circuits’ which drive investment in African urban areas.


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