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Joint BIEA-Northeast Africa Forum Book Launch: Politics and the Urban Frontier

Politics and the Urban Frontier focuses on East Africa as the global urban frontier (i.e. the least urbanized but fastest urbanizing region in the world) to examine the politics that shape differential urban development. Tom Goodfellow argues that differences which shape urban formations are primarily rooted in politics. Drawing on a decade of research spanning three case study countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda), the book provides the first sustained, book-length comparative analysis of urban development trajectories in Eastern Africa and the political dynamics that underpin them. Through a focus on infrastructure investment, urban propertyscapes, street-level trading economies, and urban political protest, it offers a multi-scalar, historically-grounded, and interdisciplinary analysis of the urban transformations unfolding in the world’s most dynamic crucible of urban change.

Tom Goodfellow is Professor of Urban Studies & International Development at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on the political economy of urban development and change in Africa, particularly the politics of urban land and transportation, conflicts around infrastructure and housing, and urban institutional change.

Biruk Terrefe is a DPhil Candidate at St Antony’s College in Oxford. His research interests lie in the modern history and politics of the Horn of Africa, with a particular focus on the dynamics of state- and nation-building and state-society relations.

Hybrid event (Free & Open)




Mar 07 2023


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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