Political Change in African Cities (PACE)

Led by Kristian Hoelscher
Aug 2021 - Sep 2024

PACE will examine the question: How does urban growth in Africa affect political and societal change?

We examine this question by undertaking continent-wide data collection on the political dynamics of African cities, and survey data collection and qualitative fieldwork in Accra, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka and Nairobi.

In doing so, the project aims to: 

  • Understand how urban growth shapes political change in African cities.
  • Identify how political change in African cities affects broader socio-political change.
  • Advance the empirical measurement of Africa's urban polities to catalyse new scholarship and support evidence-based policy.
  • Synthesise and communicate findings in support of the Sustainable Development Goal agenda, particularly Goal 11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


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