Urban studies is the Middle East and North Africa are a recent phenomenon, dating only to the mid-1970's. Although the region received uneven attention in the past, its rapid urbanization has attracted increasing interest. Author Dominique Harre-Rogers explains that in Egypt, a rich range of studies provides new insight into the making of Cairo as one of the world's mega-cities over the last thirty years. This brief draws on selected recent research in the areas of urban and Middle East studies.
Paper contribution to January 2010 seminar on environmental peacebuilding.
At a workshop co-sponsored by CUSP and the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda, it became dreadfully clear that urban areas in Africa are unprepared to accommodate the population growth expected in the coming years. The limited health infrastructure, the high cost of care, and the lack of adequate housing and sanitation services have already created nothing less than a health crisis. Through case studies of African cities, contributors demonstrate that local governments will need to ensure the delivery of basic urban services, promote health awareness, and reduce air and water pollution in order to improve the health of the urban poor in Africa.
The challenges for cities in the coming century will be many, but accounting for swelling numbers of new residents – due to more open avenues of communication and flows of goods, economic opportunity, population growth, and potential climate change-induced displacement – is perhaps the biggest.
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.
A series of reports, produced jointly by the Kennan Institute and the Comparative Urban Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center, that examines migrant communities in Eurasian cities.
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; 1999. (Comparative Urban Studies Occasional Series; 22). PDF: 126KB/23 pages
Paper contribution to the January 2009 seminar on community resilience.
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; 1995.(Comparative Urban Studies Occasional Paper Series; 6)