Infrastructure in Action

Infrastructures shape how resources flow through the city and influence social disparities. However, infrastructural systems are not fixed and their implications change through political and economic transformation, technological shifts and citizen mobilisation.
The theme examines how infrastructure in cities and
across states, influences movements of resources, people and finance, shaping urban social and ecological (in)equalities.

Research Questions
–    How are infrastructures planned and managed and what does this mean for resource flows, access and urban development?
–    How do people, cities and states influence urban conditions through infrastructuralisation?
–    Can infrastructure in action tackle social divisions through socio-technical innovation, common ownership and solidarity?
–    How can we compare infrastructure in action across diverse scales, processes and contexts?


November 29, 2017 in Infrastructure in Action

Energy access in the urbanisation age

This blog was written by Vanesa Castan Broto, describing two new papers published in Nature Energy. “If you can read this, you’re not affected,” says Vincent Moller, from SPARC (Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres, India). He is speaking…

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June 7, 2017 in Infrastructure in Action

IJURR Author Meets Critics series

Jonathan Silver participated in the ‘Authors Meet Critics’ series run by the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and the Studies in Urban and Social Change book series published by Wiley-Blackwell. Joining 20 worldwide participants through an online…

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SAMSET: Supporting African municipalities in energy transitions (EPSRC/DFID/DECC-funded project)

Postcolonial urbanisms and a comparative theory of infrastructure (Levenshulme funded project)

HICCUP — Heterogenous Infrastructures of Cities in Uganda Project: Thinking Infrastructure with the South. A multi-disciplinary team developing crucial knowledge about urban infrastructure challenges in Africa and the developing world


Estimated value in billions of global market for smart urban systems by 2020


More than half of the world’s population live in cities, making them key to improving energy efficiency


Number of people who voluntarily wear an electronic tracking device such as a smartphone


Approximately of global GDP is generated in cities