Abdifatah Tahir

Abdifatah Tahir


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Before joining Manchester, Dr Tahir served as a member of parliament in Somalia, where he chaired the house committee for roads, ports, airports, energy, and transport. Dr Tahir was also the deputy chair for policies and strategies at the Union for Peace and Development Party (UPD). Outside politics, Dr Tahir worked as a researcher, consultant, and development practitioner in various institutions in and beyond Somalia. Dr Tahir’s current research interests focus on urban politics and governance. He also has a keen interest in regional geopolitics and its implications for development. 


University of Sussex

PhD, Urban Geography

University of Leeds

Master of Science, Transport Planning

University of Cape Town

Master of City and Regional Planning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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