1st Edition

Sustainable Urban Futures in Africa

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ISBN 9781032020167
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
408 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sustainable Urban Futures in Africa provides a variety of conventional and emerging theoretical frameworks to inform understandings and responses to critical urban development issues such as urbanisation, climate change, housing/slum, informality, urban sprawl, urban ecosystem services and urban poverty, among others, within the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Africa.

This book addresses topics such as challenges to spatial urban development: how spatial planning is delivered, how different urbanisation variables influence the development of different forms of urban systems and settlements in Africa, how city authorities could use old and new methods of land administration to produce sustainable urban spaces in Africa, and the role of local activism is causing important changes in the built environment. Chapters are written by a diverse range of African scholars and practitioners in urban planning and policy design, environmental science and policy, sociology, agriculture, natural resources management, environmental law and politics.

Urban Africa has huge resource potential – both human and natural resources – that can stimulate sustainable development when effectively harnessed. Sustainable Urban Futures in Africa provides support for the SDGs in urban Africa, and will be of interest to students and researchers, professionals and policymakers, and readers of urban studies, spatial planning, geography, governance and other social sciences.

Table of Contents


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Part One – Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations

Chapter One

Sustainable Urban Futures in Africa: Understandings, Experiences and Trajectories

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah and Michael Addaney

Chapter Two

The Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning Challenge in Africa

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie, and Marita Basson

Chapter Three

Tradition meets Modernity: Creation of Sustainable Urban Spaces in Africa

Bernard Afiik Akanpabadai Akanbang, Yakubu Zakaria and Prosper Issahaku Korah

Chapter Four

Local Activism and Climate Change Action in Africa: Protecting the Environment as a Social Justice Imperative

Luckymore Matenga

Chapter Five

Memories of Futures–Past and Visions of Future-Futures: An Architecture-to-Backcasting Metaphor Approach Towards Sustainable City Transitioning in Africa

Vipua Rukambe and Daniel Irurah

Part Two – Land Use and Ecological Integrity

Chapter Six

Rethinking Stormwater Management in Sub-Saharan African Cities

Desmond Ofosu Anim, Eric Gaisie and Abena Boatemaa Asare-Ansah

Chapter Seven

Monitoring Socio-ecological Relations of Urban Environments Using Land Use Land Cover Change: The Case of Ethekwini Municipality.

Bahle Mazeka, Kwanele Phinzi and Catherine Sutherland

Chapter Eight

Informal Greenspaces in Peripheral Luanda, Angola: Benefits and Challenges

Euridice Lurdes Jorge Pedrosa, Seth Asare Okyere, Stephen Kofi Diko and Michihiro Kita

Chapter Nine

River Rehabilitation Projects in Durban South Africa: Collaborative Spatial Expressions of Sustainability

Patrick Martel, Catherine Sutherland, Sylvia Hannan and Fanelesibonge Magwaza

Chapter Ten

Regulation of Physical Development in Ghana: Systems and Practices

Michael Addaney, Florence Abugtane Avogo and Seth Opoku Mensah

Chapter Eleven

Spatial Expression of Climate Change in the Rapidly Urbanising Tamale Metropolis of Ghana

Enoch Akwasi Kosoe, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah and Joseph Nyaaba Akongbangre

Chapter Twelve

Planning for sustainable metro express in Mauritius

Roopanand Mahadew, Michael Addaney and Patrick Brandful Cobbinah

Part Three – Urban Informality, Regeneration and Tenure Security

Chapter Thirteen

Situating Everyday Urban Struggles within the Context of the SDGs in an Informal Settlement in Accra, Ghana

Seth Asare Okyere, Louis Kusi Frimpong, Stephen Kofi Diko, Matthew Abunyewah and Michihiro Kita

Chapter Fourteen

Solid Waste Management in African Cities: Implications for Sustainable Development

Enoch Akwasi Kosoe, Issaka Kanton Osumanu and Francis Diawuo

Chapter Fifteen

Urban Informality and Flexible Land Tenure Arrangements in Namibia: Lessons and Insights

Kennedy Kariseb and Ivone Tjilale

Chapter Sixteen

Shifting the Sanitation Landscape in Durban, South Africa

Catherine Sutherland and Anthony Odili

Chapter Seventeen

Transforming Urban Informal Settlements in Kenya through Adaptive Spatial Planning and Tenure Regularisation

Collins Odote and Philip Olale

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Patrick Brandful Cobbinah is an urban planning academic at the Melbourne School of Design and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He holds a PhD in Human Geography with emphasis on regional planning and resource conservation from Charles Sturt University, Australia. Patrick’s background is in human geography with broad experience in urban and regional planning gained through teaching and research conducted at universities in Ghana and Australia.

Michael Addaney is a lecturer in environmental policy and planning at the Department of Planning and Sustainability of University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Public Management and Governance at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Michael is an environmental social scientist whose expertise and current research interests are in the multifaceted and embedded relationships between humans and the environment, whether facilitated by institutions or by local organizations/communities, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of rights, justice and equity. Michael holds a PhD in environment and natural resources law from the Wuhan University, China and BSc Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.