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?


June 5, 2018 in Infrastructure in Action

Special Issue: Energy Research and Social Science

A special issue of Energy Research and Social Science that focuses on Spatial Adventures in Energy Studies: Emerging Geographies of Energy Production and Use has just been published. The essays in this special issue have been guest edited by Vanesa…
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May 23, 2018 in Infrastructure in Action

Hybrid networks, everyday life and social control: Electricity access in urban Kenya

A new article has been published, authored by Dr Shaun Smith, a Research Associate at the Urban Institute. 'Hybrid networks, everyday life and social control: Electricity access in urban Kenya' examines electricity access in Kisumu and Kitale, Kenya, through the…
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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