Thomas Gillespie

Thomas Gillespie


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I am Lecturer in Global Urban Development at the University of Manchester. My research sits at the intersection of urban geography, political economy and development studies, and seeks to understand and address global urban inequalities.

The primary focus of my research is on cities in the global South, with a particular interest in urban Africa. My work is informed by an understanding of global development that disrupts traditional geographical binaries, and as such also draws on insights from cities in the global North. This research explores the socio-spatial outcomes of urban processes of commodification, dispossession and enclosure, and examines how city dwellers respond to, participate in and contest these processes.

This research has been funded by the British Academy with Leverhulme, the Feminist Review Trust and the ESRC with the Universities of Leeds and Manchester, and has been published in journals such as Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Prior to my current role, I was a Hallsworth Research Fellow and Lecturer in International Development at the University of Manchester, and a Teaching Associate in International Development at the University of Sheffield.

My non-academic writing includes articles for The Guardian, Novara and Tribune

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Urbanisation and urban development
  • Urban capitalism
  • Urban poverty and inequalities
  • Urban housing, land and real estate
  • Urban social movements
  • Urban theory
  • Comparative urbanism


I am interested in supervising PhD projects in any area related to my research interests.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute
  • Manchester Urban Institute


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