Research opp: Urban governance and turning African Cities around

Deadline: 26 February 2016 - 12:00am


In 2015, PASGR facilitated empirical studies in three African cities (Johannesburg, Lagos and Luanda) that are experiencing improvements in urban governance, infrastructure and service provision, regulation of the urban space, and city inclusiveness. PASGR is expanding the studies to three more cities where evidence is beginning to emerge that city transformation is currently taking place. These cities are Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Kigali (Rwanda), and Nairobi (Kenya).

PASGR is searching for experienced and knowledgeable researchers in each of these cities to undertake deeper contextual and empirical analyses of the determinants of the city ‘turn-around’, identify specific flagship projects that demonstrate city transformation, and how they contribute to economic, political, social and gender inclusiveness of urban dwellers and the urban space.

The studies will commence in April 2016 and be completed by March 30, 2017. Selected researchers are expected to participate in at least one research workshop: an inception workshop in either April or May 2016. Any subsequent workshop will be arranged during the course of the study. PASGR will provide research grants of US$20,000 per city study, excluding the cost of participating in the research workshops.


  1. Researcher(s) must be living in the case study cities/countries.
  2. Must have a PhD or about to complete one in Social Science or related disciplines, with experience in leading research that has culminated in at least one peer reviewed publication.
  3. Publications must be related to urban studies or urban governance.

Application Procedure

Interested applicant(s) living in any of the three countries are invited to submit the following:

  1. Detailed CV
  2. A 2-page ‘Expression of Interest’ that provides information on:
    1. The context of city turnaround in terms of specific infrastructure and service provision, urban planning and management, urban governance, income growth, employment, gender inclusiveness, and urban security.
    2. The researcher’s view of what the main determinants of the turnaround could be, and why.

All applications should be sent to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday, February 26, 2016 Nairobi time.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, March 4, 2016 and given subsequent information on the research framework paper to enable them to develop their case study.

Photo: Addis Ababa. Sam Effron.

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