Dr Shaun Smith

Research Associate

About Shaun

Shaun is a Post-doctoral research associate who works on a research project titled ‘Sustainable Energy Access in Mozambique: Socio-political factors in conflict-laden urban areas’ funded by the British Academy. He has a PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London and was previously employed as Visiting Lecturer in International Development at the same Institution.

Research interests

Shaun’s research works in the broad themes of development and urbanisation in the Global South. He has previously conducted research on land tenure reform in Rwanda, infrastructure and evictions in Kenyan cities, everyday practices of service delivery, rental tenure within low-income settlements in Kenyan cities and everyday practices of energy use in Mozambique. His current research interests concern the everyday practices of infrastructure appropriation, landlord-tenant relations within low-income settlements, and the materialisation of socio-technical infrastructures in African cities.


Smith, S. (2018) ‘Hybrid networks, everyday life and social control: Electricity access in urban Kenya’, Urban Studies, 

Smith, 2. (2018) ‘Sustainable Energy Access in Maputo, Mozambique Report on methods and preliminary findings of fieldwork conducted from June to October 2017’, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield.

Smith, S. (2017) ‘Landlordism and landlord–tenant relations in Kisumu and Kitale’s low-income settlements’, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, pp 46-63, Vol. 9 (1), DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2016.1264403

Castan Broto, V., Macucule, D., Smith. S. (2017) ‘Maputo’s residents can now use gas. But dropping charcoal is proving hard’, The Conversation

Smith, S. (2015) Review of Evidence of Inequalities in Access to Healthcare Services for Disabled People in Wales, Welsh Government, Cathays Park Cardiff