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.
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Part One – Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations
Sustainable Urban Futures in Africa: Understandings, Experiences and Trajectories
Patrick Brandful Cobbinah and Michael Addaney
The Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning Challenge in Africa
Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie, and Marita Basson
Tradition meets Modernity: Creation of Sustainable Urban Spaces in Africa
Bernard Afiik Akanpabadai Akanbang, Yakubu Zakaria and Prosper Issahaku Korah
Local Activism and Climate Change Action in Africa: Protecting the Environment as a Social Justice Imperative
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
Rethinking Stormwater Management in Sub-Saharan African Cities
Desmond Ofosu Anim, Eric Gaisie and Abena Boatemaa Asare-Ansah
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
Informal Greenspaces in Peripheral Luanda, Angola: Benefits and Challenges
Euridice Lurdes Jorge Pedrosa, Seth Asare Okyere, Stephen Kofi Diko and Michihiro Kita
River Rehabilitation Projects in Durban South Africa: Collaborative Spatial Expressions of Sustainability
Patrick Martel, Catherine Sutherland, Sylvia Hannan and Fanelesibonge Magwaza
Regulation of Physical Development in Ghana: Systems and Practices
Michael Addaney, Florence Abugtane Avogo and Seth Opoku Mensah
Spatial Expression of Climate Change in the Rapidly Urbanising Tamale Metropolis of Ghana
Enoch Akwasi Kosoe, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah and Joseph Nyaaba Akongbangre
Planning for sustainable metro express in Mauritius
Roopanand Mahadew, Michael Addaney and Patrick Brandful Cobbinah
Part Three – Urban Informality, Regeneration and Tenure Security
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
Solid Waste Management in African Cities: Implications for Sustainable Development
Enoch Akwasi Kosoe, Issaka Kanton Osumanu and Francis Diawuo
Urban Informality and Flexible Land Tenure Arrangements in Namibia: Lessons and Insights
Kennedy Kariseb and Ivone Tjilale
Shifting the Sanitation Landscape in Durban, South Africa
Catherine Sutherland and Anthony Odili
Transforming Urban Informal Settlements in Kenya through Adaptive Spatial Planning and Tenure Regularisation
Collins Odote and Philip Olale
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.