URN researchers presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting


URN researchers presented at the high profile Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, which was held in San Francisco in the period 29 March to 2 April, 2016.

Robin Bloch (ICF) co-presented a paper called Global Sprawl Revisited together with his colleague Professor Roger Keil of York University, Toronto. The paper drew on the Global Suburbanisms research programme (which Roger Keil manages), and included findings from ongoing research under the Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) program (which Robin Bloch manages). 

A well-attended session heard Robin and Roger energetically argue that simplistic urban policy and planning approaches which counterpose and polarise (good) central cities to bad (suburban) sprawl – or urban core to urban periphery – need to be reconsidered in the face of today’s massively-scaled global urbanisation, and the consequent emergence of increasingly larger city-regional settlements.   

URN researchers Leo C. Zulu (Benue State University), Imelda Moise (Benue State University), Colin Marx (University College London) and Daniel Oviedo Hernandez (University College London) also presented their ongoing research at the AAG Annual Meeting.

Leo C. Zulu and Imelda Moise made a presentation on the spatial dimensions and impact of rural-urban migration on nutritional status and low birth weight in Benue and Kogi States. Colin Marx presented on the politics of economic knowledge in informal economies in Nigeria, while Daniel Oviedo Hernandez focused on the social dimensions of urban mobility, paying special attention to social inequalities linked to transport and their effect on wellbeing.