Dr. Thomas Goodfellow


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Tom Goodfellow is a Lecturer in Urban Studies and International Development. His research focuses on the politics of urban development, informality, conflict and state-building in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to coming to Sheffield he was a Fellow in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Research Associate of the Crisis States Research Centre. He acted as an advisor to Oxfam GB on urban development issues from 2008-2011 while working on his PhD, and has also advised a range of organisations including UN-HABITAT and the UK Department for International Development (DfID).

Tom’s ESRC-funded PhD explored state effectiveness in meeting urban development challenges in East Africa, a region currently experiencing the world’s fastest rates of urban growth. Comparing Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda), his thesis analysed divergent effectiveness in relation to managing urban public transport, governing the informal economy, enforcing planning regulations and collecting local taxes. His current research focuses on three main areas: the politics of urban protest in ‘semi-authoritarian’ regimes; the political economy of public transport in Africa; and the dynamics of forced eviction, construction and property taxation in African cities. In all of these fields of research he is especially interested in understanding the relationship between formal and informal institutional systems, and how this affects both government effectiveness and political stability.

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