Tom is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Tom’s research concerns the political economy of urban development and change in Africa, including the politics of urban economic relations, urban conflict and violence, land governance and taxation, and infrastructure and housing. He is also interested in how the ‘developmental state’ model associated with East Asia is playing out in different ways across the African continent, and how this reshapes cities through industrial and service sector development, public infrastructure delivery, and efforts to deepen taxation and state-building. He has particular expertise in comparative urban research, and over the past decade has conducted research in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania, as well as China.
His current research projects are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), including an ESRC Future Research Leaders project on the role of China in urban development in Ethiopia and Uganda, with a particular focus on large-scale transport infrastructure and the building and operation of industrial parks. Tom undertook his PhD at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he was also an LSE Fellow before coming to Sheffield, and has a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
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