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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Jaime Sobrino

In this timely Handbook, seventeen renowned contributors from Asia, the Americas and Europe provide chapters that deal with some of the most intriguing and important aspects of research methodologies on cities and urban economies.

Chapter 7: Doing research in African cities: the case study method

James Duminy, Vanessa Watson and Nancy Odendaal

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, regional economics, urban economics, politics and public policy, public policy, research methods, research methods in economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics, regional studies, research methods in urban and regional studies, urban economics, urban studies


The urban challenge in Africa is undoubtedly more serious than in any other part of the world. Not only will rates of urban growth over the next several decades outstrip other regions of the global South, but Africa is the only continent where urban population and economic growth have not been mutually reinforcing, leading to a situation where an impoverished urban populace survives largely under conditions of informality. In many parts of the continent, these problems are accompanied by weak urban governance and a fractured civil society. Given these conditions, urban planning has been largely ineffective in dealing with urbanization pressures. Hence urban planners and managers in African cities confront the almost insurmountable task of addressing the critical social, economic and environmental problems that come with rapid urban growth. The capacity to implement new policies and programmes (in both resource and human terms) is very limited, however. One particularly important resource that is lacking in many African cities is urban data: this problem and an approach to addressing the issue is the subject of this chapter.

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