Community of Practice

Urban ARK is by its nature a collaborative project and focusses on building a community of practice with international research communities, related research projects and beyond. Below is a list of some exciting research projects and initiatives that are related to Urban ARK.

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Related research projects & websites

Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) - voluntary, peer-to-peer network of African institutions focused on education and training of urban and regional planners. Its members are drawn from across all African regions.

African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN) - AFSUN aims to improve the knowledge base of the dimensions and causes of urban food insecurity in Africa and to develop and advocate for international, national and local policies to enhance food and nutrition security. 

African Urban Research Initiative (AURI) - initiated in 2013 to support existing and future Africa-based research centres to inform and enhance the policy actors and networks responsible for sustainable urban policy and management in different African contexts.

Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa (CLUVA) -  FP7 EU project research programme on urban vulnerability to the climate change of selected African cities.

Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) - a Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) regional consortia led by the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town. FRACTAL focusses specifically on climate risks and decision making in cities within their regional dependencies. 

Governing Food Systems to Alleviate Poverty in Secondary Cities in Africa - The project seeks to generate an understanding of the connections between poverty, governance, urban space and food systems with reseach based in secondary cities in Zambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Funded by the ESRC and DFID.

Hungry Cities Partnership –  an international research project examining governance, rapid urbanization and urban food security in the Global South. A key goal of this project is to promote inclusive growth in the informal food sector. Funded by the IDRC and SSHRC

Slum/Shack Dwellers International - SDI is a network of community-based organisations of the urban poor in 32 countries and hundreds of cities and towns across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Affiliate organisations come together at the community, city and national level to form federations of the urban poor.

Urban Transformations - international portfolio projects that share a multidisciplinary focus and a forward-looking vision of how our urban future can be shaped to achieve better outcomes for communities, businesses and local authorities. 

Women in Informal Employment - Globalizing & Organizing - (WIEGO) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.