Martin J. Murray – Re-Urbanism in Africa: Building Cities from Scratch

Martin Murray is a tenured full professor of the Taubman College urban planning faculty. He began his academic career as sociologist with a strong foundation in urban geography. His current research engages the fields of urban studies and planning, global urbanism, cultural geography, distressed urbanism, development, historical sociology, and African studies. In addition to six books and three co-edited volumes, he has produced close to seventy journal articles and book chapters that focus on diverse geographical areas of the world at different historical periods.

Professor Murray has completed two books on city building and spatial politics in Johannesburg after apartheid. His current research focuses on two fields of inquiry: first, the trajectories of global urbanism at the start of the 21st century; and second, the turn toward master-planned, holistically-designed “private cities” built from scratch, especially those currently under construction or in the planning stages in urban Africa. In Taubman College, Professor Murray contributes significantly to the “Planning in Developing Countries” concentration offered by the Urban and Regional Planning Program. Professor Murray allows the Urban and Regional Planning Program to expand its developing-country course offerings, and affords the program expertise in African urban development policy. He is also affiliated with the Department of African-American and African Studies (DAAS) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. For more information, please visit: http://pier.macmillan.yale.edu/summer…
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