Working together for urban progress

African Cities Research Consortium is a collaborative approach to tackling complex problems in the continent’s rapidly changing cities.


Cities are complex, dynamic, political systems. We bring together the right people and an understanding of the political economy of individual cities to identify and address the critical challenges they are facing.

Our aim is to generate insights and evidence that will help improve the living conditions, services and life chances of all city residents, particularly for disadvantaged communities.


Valuing water in the Global South

Valuing water in the Global South

To mark World Water Day 2021, Diana Mitlin, Professor of Global Urbanism at The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute, discusses the issues the Global South face when it comes to accessing clean water.

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With #Covid19 increasing justice needs, our new research sets out a route for scaling up access to people-centred justice in low-income countries 📗

"Without unprecedented measures to support livelihoods in the informal sector, large numbers of vulnerable households will be driven further into poverty."

Key insights into long-term impacts of #Covid19 on livelihoods, health and wellbeing in Nairobi 👇

On #transdisciplinary research – incorporating ‘ways of knowing beyond academia’.

1. Does not reduce value of disciplinary research

2. Essential for policy impact

3. Enablers: *strategic* comms, supportive internal dialogues, adaptive management, effective leadership


BLOG: Talking transdisciplinarity -->

Guest bloggers Alexandre Chausson and Lydia Cole discuss achieving research impact through co-producing knowledge in transdisciplinary teams.

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