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Richard Grant

Title/Position: Full Professor; Director, Urban Studies
Department/Faculty/Institution:
Degree(s)/School(s):
PhD (Economic Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder); Master’s (

MCRI Projects: A3: Land; B3: Land and Housing Markets

Background: Richard Grant is a human geographer with specializations in economic and urban geography. His research interests include globalization, globalizing cities, the work and economy of slums, and international and regional trade patterns. His current regional interests are in West Africa, South Africa, and Europe. His books include Globalization and the Margins and The Global Crisis in Foreign Aid. His research articles have appeared in, among other journals, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Political Geography, Urban Geography, Environment and Planning A, and Economic Geography.

Research Interests: Urbanization; globalization; marginalization; suburbanization.

Select Publications:

R. Grant and M. Oteng “Mapping the Invisible and Real African Economy in Urban E-Waste Circuitry” Urban Geography (forthcoming)

R. Grant. Global City: Accra. International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities. P. Taylor and M. Hoyler (eds). London, Edward Elgar. (in press, 2011).

R. Grant. The Material Culture of Domestic Residential Spaces in Africa.” International Encyclopedia for Housing and Home. Richard Berryman (ed). Elsevier. In press, 2010.

R. Grant. Globalizing City. The Urban and Economic Transformation of Accra, Ghana. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 2009.

R. Grant. “Working it Out! Labour Geographies of the Poor in Soweto, South Africa.” Development Southern Africa 2010, 25, -595-612.

R. Grant “International Trade.” In N. Thrift, H Yeung (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. London: Elsevier, (2009), pp. 206-232.

R. Grant. “Unraveling the economies of informal settlements: a neglected spatiality.” Proceedings of Planning Africa 2008, 42-49.

R. Grant and J. Nijman .“ Re-Scaling Uneven Development in Ghana and India.” In W. Mosley(ed). The Introductory Reader in Human Geography (2007). London: Blackwell,[Reprint of a 2004 journal article – as a classic reading in human geography]

R. Grant. “Geographies of Investment: How Do the Wealthy Build Houses in Ghana? Urban Forum 2007, 18 (1) 31-59

R. Grant. “The Emergence of Gated Communities in a West African Context: Evidence from Greater Accra, Ghana.” Urban Geography 2006, 26 (8) 661-683

R. Grant. “Out of Place? Global Citizens in Local Spaces: A Study of the Informal Settlements in the Korle Lagoon Environs in Accra, Ghana.” Urban Forum 2006, 17 (1) 1-14

R. Grant “Changing Urban Development: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Economy at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century.” In K. Konadu-Agyemang and K. Panford (eds). Africa’s Development in the Twenty-First Century: Pertinent Issues, Opportunities and Challenges (2006). Aldershot: Ashgate, pp.357-390