Urban health in Africa: looking beyond the MDGs

This short paper highlights the importance of context for understanding urban health in Africa, drawing in particular on the case of Ghana, and sketches out the implications of this new context in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Connecting African urban areas: airline networks and intra-Sub-Saharan trade

This paper examines the network of intra-Sub-Saharan African airline connections to highlight the differential access enjoyed by the region’s largest cities.

Urban morphology dynamics and environmental change in Kano, Nigeria

Drawing on the qualitative analysis of graphic information and classical and contemporary literature, the centuries-old spatial morphology of Kano is traced and analysed. The paper highlights how change in the roles of traditional institutions of urban land administration have triggered the degeneration of the city’s resilient indigenous urban morphology.

Disaster risk and its reduction: an agenda for urban Africa

Populations and assets, in African cities, small and large, are among the most vulnerable to disaster risk globally. Climate change and demographic shifts add urgency and uncertainty. This paper outlines priorities for research responding to this challenge.

South Africa: values of trees in urban landscapes in two towns in northern South Africa

Trees in urban landscapes provide a variety of tangible and intangible benefits (ecosystem services) that may be valued differently across diverse households and individuals. Here, we consider how the benefits and values of trees to urban residents vary across public and private spaces in three low income neighbourhoods in two medium-sized towns in northern South Africa.

Urbanisation by subtraction: the afterlife of camps in northern Uganda.

As peace returns to northern Uganda, a unique arithmetic of development is evident in the former Internally Displaced Persons camps. In analysing material from interviews with landowners, ‘remainders’ who stayed behind after the camp closed, local leaders and officials, this article emphasises the paradoxes, tensions and conflicts of this special path to development.

Accessibility, congestion and travel delays in Dar es Salaam: A time–distance perspective

This paper addresses the current state of the transport infrastructure in the city of Dar es Salaam providing both a methodological, a planning and a spatial accessibility perspective.

Sources of inequality in the cost of transport mobility in the city of Yaoundé, Cameroon.

This paper examines the sources of inequality in the cost of transport mobility in the city of Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Waiting, Hope, Democracy, and Space: How Expectations and Socio-economic Rights Shape Two South African Urban Informal Communities

This paper draws from two case study informal settlements and their recent Constitutional Court litigation to explore the connection between informal living spaces, democracy, and housing.

Reappraising the World Bank responses to rapid urbanisation: Slum improvements in Nigeria

This paper reappraises a specific slum improvement programme in Nigeria that received financial backing from the World Bank. Utilising a large body of bespoke quantitative and qualitative primary research material, rarely available for slum settlements, critical attention is directed towards the mismatch between official project goals and the needs of inhabitants.