Sustainable Planning Amidst Precarity: Lessons from Urban Africa

The seed grant will finance a weeklong workshop in Malawi from 30 June – 5 July 2019.The project seeks to generate socially relevant research and catalyze relationships between educational institutions, civic organizations, and society. First, we aim to bring African researchers, city planners, civil society representatives, and practitioners into discussion on the practical and political implications of sustainable city. Second, although Nordic countries have been at the global forefront of planning for sustainable cities, challenges remain on how to meet these goals amidst social, economic, political, or environmental upheaval. By foregrounding African perspectives, we seek to initiate a process ultimately resulting in a sustainable planning toolkit. Lastly, workshop participants will run a two-day social science and humanities methods workshop for approximately 20-30 graduate students and early career researchers.