Researcher, Making Africa Urban
Previously, Romain was a member of the ESRC-funded research project on ‘Governing the future City: A comparative analysis of governance innovations in large scale urban developments in Shanghai, London, Johannesburg’, with a particular focus on the Corridors of Freedom Initiative in Johannesburg. Together with architect Dr. Gerald Chungu and photographer Mark Lewis, he is currently working on the following book manuscript: “(Un)scripting urban geographies — Chinese influence and spatial dynamics in Southern Africa”.
Role in the Making Africa Urban Project
As a researcher, Romain is focusing on the sovereign circuits, Chinese in particular, across all three cities. This work is conducted alongside project collaborator Professor Philip Harrison.
- Chinese Influence in Making Africa Urban at Scale by Romain Dittgen