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Notes on Contributors

Carole Ammann

is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern and at the Institute of Sociology, University of Fribourg. She recently completed her dissertation—entitled ‘Silent Politics. Gender, Imagination and the State in Kankan, Guinea’—at the University of Basel. Carole Ammann is interested in questions of urbanity, secondary cities, transformations of the state, political participation, everyday life, and gender in West Africa and France.

Claudia Baez Camargo

holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, USA and a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, England. She is Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute on Governance/University of Basel, where she is responsible for the development, oversight and management of the Institute’s research activities as well as delivering technical assistance projects aimed at preventing corruption in the public sector.

Claire Bénit-Gbaffou

is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University (South Africa) and a member of the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES). Her research expertise lies in urban politics, community participation, local leadership and urban governance. She is currently coordinating a research programme focusing on ‘Practices of the State in Urban Governance’, based on South African city case studies.

Karen Büscher

is an Assistant Professor at the Conflict Research Group, Ghent University, Belgium. Her research focuses on different aspects of the relationship between violent conflict and urbanisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Aba Obrumah Crentsil

is a research fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana. A multidisciplinary researcher, her research interests include renewable energy, the energy–health nexus, climate change, urbanisation and sustainable development.

Sascha Delz

holds a Doctor of Sciences and a Master’s degree in Architecture from ETH Zurich. After practicing as an architect in New York and Switzerland, he worked as design instructor and researcher at the Department of Architecture of ETH Zurich, and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. While his dissertation investigated urban transformations under the premise of international development cooperation in Ethiopia, his current postdoctoral research explores models of cooperative housing for low-income contexts.

Ton Dietz

was Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) and a member of the Board of African Studies in Europe (AEGIS) until September 2017. He was one of the initiators of, a website about sustainable city initiatives developed under the umbrella of the International Geographical Union. Currently, Ton Dietz is a senior researcher at the ASCL and Emeritus Professor of African Development at Leiden University.

Till Förster

is an anthropologist. He holds a PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2001 he has been Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel. Till Förster has specialised in art, visual culture and political transformations in West and Central Africa. Since 1979, he has conducted field research in Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. His recent publications focus on visual culture, social creativity and the postcolonial state, as well as on politics and governance in African cities.

Lucy Koechlin

is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel. Her research and teaching focuses on political transformations in Africa, with a particular focus on urban politics, democratic spaces and governance. As a consultant, Dr Koechlin has been involved in a wide range of cross-sectoral mandates on anti-corruption, accountability and governance.

Lalli Metsola

received his Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and his doctorate in Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, where he works as a postdoctoral researcher examining claim-making dynamics related to urban land, basic services and housing in Namibia and Botswana. His earlier studies focused on former exiles, ex-combatants and veterans in Namibia. He specialises in political anthropology, state formation, citizenship, post-conflict transformations and southern Africa.

Garth Myers

is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is the author of four books and co-editor of two other books on urban Africa, along with more than 65 articles and book chapters. His primary areas of expertise concern the historical and political geography of urban and environmental planning in cities in Africa.

George Owusu

is a Professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and the Director of the Centre for Urban Management Studies (CUMS) at the University of Ghana. His main areas of research include urban and regional development, urban crime, urban land use and administration, local governance and decentralisation, and civil society and participatory approaches to development.

Edgar Pieterse

holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy and is founding director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His most recent co-authored book is: New Urban Worlds. Inhabiting Dissonant Times (Polity, 2017).

Sebastian Prothmann

studied geography, social anthropology and sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and received a doctorate in 2015 at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität Frankfurt with a thesis entitled ‘Youth in “Kinpi Corner”: Lifeworlds of Young Men beyond Migration and Immobility in Pikine, Senegal.’ His main research interests centre around topics of Senegalese (im)mobilities and transnationalism, and African migration in general.

Warren Smit

is a senior researcher at the African Centre for Cities, an urban research institute based at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Smit’s background is in urban planning, and he has been a researcher on urban issues in Africa since 1993. His main research interests are urban governance, urban health, and housing policy.

Florian Stoll

has been working since May 2013 in the sociological wing (with Prof. Dieter Neubert) of the project ‘Middle Classes on the Rise’ at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Germany. From October 2016 to October 2017 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University. Stoll’s main research areas are the sociology of the global South (Foci Kenya/Brazil), cultural sociology, social stratification/milieus, globalisation theories, and urban theory/the sociology of space.