Urban Planning Program
New York, NY
Using institutional analysis, I study how urban planning schemes are implemented and how residents around the world have responded to and repurposed top-down technocratic planning premises with an array of multi-actor amalgams, creative assemblages, and heterogeneous spatial forms. From my research, a general lesson applicable to the field of urban planning and processes of urbanization emerges: planning does not end with the plan; it merely begins with the plan.
I am a PhD Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University (Degree Expected: 2024). My interests include planning history and theory; local government and planning law; political economy and world systems; urban governance and democracy; and African urbanism with a focus on South Africa.