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Urban Transformations in Sierra Leone

Knowledge co-production and partnerships for a just city

Edited by Joseph M. Macarthy, Braima Koroma, Andrea Rigon, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, and Andrea Klingel

£30.00

ISBN: 9781800086869

Publication: November 01, 2024

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With a population over one million, Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, faces serious challenges around provision of services, housing and infrastructure, all exacerbated by climate change. Already, a large share of the Freetown population lives in informal settlements and as many as 70 per cent of the city’s residents are employed on an informal basis.

In 2015, the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) was established to engage with urban challenges in Sierra Leone through research, capacity building and advocacy activities in areas such as health, land, housing and mobility. SLURC has become a platform for dialogue among urban stakeholders to negotiate the future of the city.

Urban Transformations in Sierra Leone aims to share SLURC’s journey so far, articulating the key findings generated by its various research projects, while also reflecting on the partnerships it has enabled. By bringing together research from different sectors, the book makes a significant contribution to knowledge on Freetown, and demonstrates the potential of transdisciplinary work.

Joseph M. Macarthy is Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC).

Braima Koroma is Director of Research and Training at the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC).

Andrea Rigon is Professor of Participatory Development Planning at UCL and will soon join the Polytechnic of Milan.

Alexandre Apsan Frediani is Principal Researcher at the Human Settlements Group of the International Institute for Environment and Development, in London.

Andrea Klingel is Director of Operations at the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC).

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements

Introduction
Joseph M Macarthy, Braima Koroma, Andrea Rigon, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Andrea Klingel
Part 1: Setting the scene
1 Knowledge co-production and equitable partnership in Urban Africa
Andrea Rigon, Alexandre Apsan Frediani

2 An introduction to the city of Freetown
Alexandre Apsan Frediani

2.1 Editorial position on the use of the terms ‘slums’ and ‘informal settlements’
Andrea Rigon, Joseph M Macarthy, Braima Koroma, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Andrea Klingel

2.2 Informal settlement profiles: Cockle Bay, Dworzark, Portee-Rokupa and Moyiba
Braima Koroma, Joseph M Macarthy, Andrea Rigon, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Andrea Klingel

3 The story of SLURC
Joseph M Macarthy, Braima Koroma, Andrea Rigon, Alexandre Apsan Frediani
Part 2: Knowledge Contributions
4 Urban livelihoods
Andrea Rigon, Braima Koroma, Julian Walker

5 Understanding Freetown’s urban health priorities and challenges: six years of health research at SLURC 2016-2022
Annie Wilkinson, Abu Conteh, Joseph M Macarthy

6 Freetown development trajectory from a sustainable mobility perspective
Daniel Oviedo, Clémence Cavoli, Alexandria Z W Chong, Yasmina Yusuf, Braima Koroma, Joseph M Macarthy

7 The strategic importance of knowledge production on assistive technology, disability and informality: The rATA survey in Thompson Bay and Dworzark, Freetown
Hawanatu Bangura, Braima Koroma, Ignacia Ossul Vermehren, Julian Walker

8 Resilient or just city-making? Exploring the political space to tackle risk traps in Freetown
Adriana Allen, Braima Koroma, Emmanuel Osuteye, Rita Lambert

9 Community-led planning in Freetown
Beatrice De Carli, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Braima Koroma, Joseph M Macarthy

10 Exploring the role of empowerment in urban humanitarian responses in Freetown
Joseph M Macarthy, Alexandre Apsan Frediani and Milimer Morgado
Part 3: Learning and action
11 Research-based trainings
Andrea Rigon, Joseph M Macarthy, Braima Koroma, and Alexandre Apsan Frediani

12 Crafting environmental justice through co-learning
Rita Lambert, Pascale Hofmann, Julia Wesely, Adriana Allen, Amadu Labor

13 Freetown through a citizens’ media lens: participatory photography for inclusive neighbourhood planning and beyond Alexander Macfarlane and Alexander Stone

14 The development and running of the massive open online course in development and planning in African cities
Andrea Rigon, Joseph M Macarthy, Joanna Stroud, Alexander Stone

15 The role of community action area planning in expanding the participatory capabilities of the urban poor
Joseph M Macarthy and Alexandre Apsan Frediani

16 City and community learning platforms: institutionalising knowledge spaces towards inclusive informal settlement upgrading Camila Cociña, Stephanie Butcher, Joseph M Macarthy, Braima Koroma, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Andrea Klingel
Part 4: Learning through SLURC
17 SLURC work in the global context
Michael Walls

18 Urban transformations and SLURC: learning, understanding, and impact
Blessing Uchenna Mberu

19 Knowledge exchange as activism
Nancy Odendaal

20 My journey working with SLURC: experiences and impact
Francis Anthony Reffell

21 Learning experiences from SLURC
Yirah O Conteh

22 The four cities initiatives - ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’: a funder’s perspective
Irene Vance

23 SLURC: a reflection from the national government perspective
Alphajoh Cham

Appendix: Protocols for research partnerships
Glossary
Index

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

340 Pages

51 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2024

ISBN: 9781800086869

Publication: November 01, 2024

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