Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson is Professor of Human Geography at the University College London, and Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory.

She has previously worked at the Open University in the UK, the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and the London School of Economics. Her widely acclaimed book, “Ordinary Cities” (Routledge, 2006) offers a post-colonial critique of urban studies.

 Her new book, “Comparative Urbanism: Tactics for Global Urban Studies”, rethinks comparative methodologies for twenty-first century urbanism. Current comparative projects focus on the politics of large-scale urban developments (London, Johannesburg, Shanghai) and the transnational circuits shaping African urbanisation (Accra, Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe). She has also published widely on South African cities, notably, “The Power of Apartheid” (Heinemann, 1996).