Cities in developing countries have grappled with spatial planning, infrastructure, housing and, more recently, fragmented and “runaway” development. Spatial plans largely remain at a strategic level and less at the neighborhood scale, where there is a disjuncture between the envisioned urban layout and the actual development (Lwasa, 2013). The coupling of these multiple challenges has rendered planning a failure, resulting in a continued organic development of “informal” cities with diverse infrastructure and services that contrast with centralized systems used as the benchmark for measuring progress of a formal city. In this article, I postulate that the “informal city” is actually the city. Continue reading →
Dr. Mary Lawhon (Department of Geography, Florida State University) is seeking a Ph.D. student beginning in August 2016 to assist with an international research collaboration on waste and sanitation in African cities. The candidate is expected to spend 6-8 months conducting fieldwork in Uganda supported by a Swedish Research Council (VR) grant. The remainder of the candidate’s time in the program will be supported through the regular funding mechanisms at FSU, including teaching and research assistantships; the department also typically provides a final semester writing fellowship. The candidate will have the opportunity to interact with an international team of experts based at Makerere University (Uganda), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Cape Town (SA), and Durham University (UK), participate in relevant workshops, receive conference funding, and co-author scholarly publications.