Andrew Byerley is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, and at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Uppsala.
Andrew Byerley is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, and at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Uppsala. His research focuses on urban planning and the production of urban space in historical and contemporary contexts in both the Global South and the Global North. Central questions that guide his research include: What is the Good City? What is the Good Urban Subject? and What strategic power strategies act to circumscribe answers to the first two questions and with what effects?
His doctoral thesis – Becoming Jinja: The Production of Space and Making of Place in an African Industrial Town (2005) – explores the power strategies that informed the production of colonial urban space in Africa in the post WWII era, and how the articulation of local, national and global factors have cumulatively impacted on urban development in the post-colonial era. His more recent and current research (funded by Handelsbanken, Sida and NAI) centres on the friction and political contestation arising from competing urban imaginaries – particularly in terms of neo-liberal urban governance and displacement of marginal groups from urban space (case studies from Uganda, Namibia and Sweden).
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