Jonathan Silver

Urban geographer into infrastructure | Sheffield University

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Urban geographer into infrastructure | Sheffield University

SUPE organises student/early career workshop in Johannesburg in March
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SUPE organises student/early career workshop in Johannesburg in March

The SUPE Platform is organizing a workshop for students and early career researchers just before the Southern African Cities Conference in Johannesburg. The workshop on the 26th of March explores how to do Urban Political Ecology studies in African Cities and is part of our longer initiative to build networks, skills and companionship in developing […]

8 PhD’s investigating Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities
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8 PhD’s investigating Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities

Announcing 8 Doctoral Fellowships                         “Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities” The Graduate School for Urban Studies (URBANgrad) from Darmstadt University of Technology announces eight doctoral fellowships, beginning October 1, 2014. We welcome applications from students with a master’s degree interested […]

Its time to pay the climate debt: Financing a low carbon urban Africa
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Its time to pay the climate debt: Financing a low carbon urban Africa

 Jonathan Silver argues that carbon financing for cities is flawed and is failing to support urban Africa in addressing climate change and development imperatives. At the recent ICLEI Local Climate Solutions conference in Dar es Salaam the Vice President of Tanzania, Mohamed Gharib Bilal addressed the assembled participants at the opening plenary. He argued that […]

Waste management and climate financing in Mbale
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Waste management and climate financing in Mbale

During November Jonathan Silver will be undertaking new research as part of his role in the LSE Cities ‘Urban Uncertainty‘ project. Below he gives a brief commentary of the work. This work aims to examine the challenge of securing the necessary financing for infrastructure investment in small- and medium-sized cities, such as Mbale, Uganda. Since […]

Notes from a Pretoria classroom
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Notes from a Pretoria classroom

Mary Lawhon teaches urban geography at University of Pretoria. In this first of a mini-series of commentaries Mary reflects on the experience of teaching her first undergraduate module. I’m in the middle of teaching my first urban geography course in the global South.  I inherited half of the 14 week class too late to change […]

Alternative campaigning in Cape Town’s 2011 municipal elections
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Alternative campaigning in Cape Town’s 2011 municipal elections

By Jonathan Silver What do communities do if politician after politician fails to deliver their election promises of new homes, electricity supply or clean water. In 2011 I joined activists in Cape Town who are articulating a new response to the crisis of service delivery in the city.     It is early on Saturday […]

Royal Geography Society conference 2013
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Royal Geography Society conference 2013

Jonathan Silver co-organised and presented a paper at three linked sessions on ‘The contested politics of urban electricity networks: Insights from urban infrastructure studies’ This included a number of papers from African cities including Accra and Maputo This session is aimed at unpacking the ongoing politics across electricity networks in cities. It aims at drawing […]

Special Issue of Local Environment
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Special Issue of Local Environment

Jonathan Silver has co-edited a special issue of the journal Local Environment: ‘Urban vulnerability, adaptation and resilience: analysing the lessons from UN-Habitats CCCI’ including a paper on ‘Climate change, urban vulnerability and development in Saint-Louis and Bobo-Dioulasso: learning from across two West African cities’           The papers in this special issue bring […]