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I am a town planner, urban researcher, and postdoctoral research fellow at the African Cities Research Consortium at the University of Manchester. My work and research focuses on housing and human settlements in urban Africa, and on using urban data to support local-government planning policy and implementation in African towns and cities.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Influence of Spatial Planning on Urban Space Economies: Two Case Studies from Johannesburg, South Africa, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Award Date: 7 Jul 2022

Master of Science, Challenges in policy transition: In situ upgrading of informal settlements in Johannesburg and Nairobi., University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Award Date: 25 Jun 2013

Bachelor of Arts, BA in Urban and Regional Planning, University Of Nairobi


Award Date: 17 Oct 2008

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • urban planning
  • housing
  • human settlements
  • Nairobi
  • African cities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Global Development Institute


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