Dr Enora Robin

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

About Enora

Enora is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Urban Institute, working on her three years project ‘Off-grid cities: the financial mediations of life off the grid in African cities.”

She joined the Urban Institute in June 2019 as a Research Fellow on Climate Urbanism, after having completed her doctoral research at University College London. Her thesis explored the production, mobilisation, contestation, and subversion of different forms of urban expertise in the context of urban redevelopment projects in Cape Town and London.

Research interests

Her research is interdisciplinary and mobilises critical urban and feminist geographies, science studies and postcolonial theories to explore urban transformations across three interrelated themes.

The first theme relates to infrastructure provision and social justice in the city, looking at the relationship between infrastructure development and the reproduction of intersecting social, racial and gender injustices.

The second theme focuses on the role of different forms of finance (including market and non-market finance) in shaping urban transformations.

The third strand of research focuses on urban justice and climate action in cities.

At the Urban Institute, Enora builds on this body of research to explore how different epistemologies, tools and practices are currently shaping cities, and how they affect social, political, technical, and ecological urban transformations. Alongside her Leverhulme ECR Fellowship, Enora leads a project on Community Energy and Energy Justice in Ghana (in collaboration with the University of Ghana) and supports the development of the Climate Urbanism research cluster activities.


Robin, E. and Castán Broto Vanesa (in press) Towards a postcolonial perspective on climate urbanism, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

 Robin, E (in press) City benchmarking, global urban scholarship and the view from above: reflexions on a few absences. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Castán Broto, V., and Robin, E. (2020) Climate Urbanism as Critical Urban Theory, Urban Geography https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2020.1850617

 Robin, E., & Nkula-Wenz, L. (2020). Beyond the success/failure of travelling urban models: Exploring the politics of time and performance in Cape Town’s East City. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space https://doi.org/10.1177/2399654420970963

McArthur J., and Robin, E. (2019) Victims of their own (definition of) success: urban discourse and expert knowledge production in the Liveable City, Urban Studies doi:10.1177/0042098018804759

McArthur, J., Robin, E., & Smeds, E. (2019) Socio-spatial and temporal dimensions of transport equity for London’s night-time economy. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 121, 433-443.

Robin, E., Chazal, C., Acuto, M., & Carrero, R. (2019) (Un)learning the city through crisis: lessons from Cape Town. Oxford Review of Education, 45(2), 242-257. As part of the Oxford Review of Education Special Issue Learning Cities, Towards a New Research Agenda (edited by Facer, K., & Buchczyk, M.)

Robin, E., & Acuto, M. (2018). Global urban policy and the geopolitics of urban data. Political Geography, 66, 76-87.

Robin, E. (2018) Performing real estate value (s): real estate developers, systems of expertise and the production of space. Geoforum doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.05.006 

Robin, E., & Brill, F. (2018) The global politics of an urban age: creating ‘cities for all’ in the age of financialisation. Palgrave Communications, 4(1), 3.

Robin, E., Steenmans, K., & Acuto, M. (2017) Harnessing inclusive urban knowledge for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Urban Research & Practice, 1-19.

Robin, E. (ed) Art Night: Expanding the City’s Boundaries, Unlimited Publishing