The Urbane Ecologist

Bibliography (for now all the things I hope to read!)

Sources in green means they have been read or skimmed through. Unhighlighted sources are on my list of things to read… Asterisks are my own administrative notation, so ignore that.

I won’t disseminate papers, so if you want to know more about a particular paper, email the authors for a copy or send me an email at for my notes (if the color below is green).

The formatting is erratic but, like most people, I hate making lists of works cited. As long as we can find it again, all is right with the world! 


South Africa

Ashman, S., Fine, B., and Newman, S. (2011) “Amnesty International? The nature, scale and impact of capital flight from South Africa.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 7-25. 

Baker, L. “South Africa’s electricity crisis and the future of supply.” Blog post on “Clean Development and Low Carbon Transitions in South Africa”. 20 February 2015. 

Buscher, B. (2009) “Connecting political economies of energy in South AFrica.” Energy Policy, vol. 37, no. 10, pp. 3951-8. 

CURES (2009). Exploring Energy Poverty in South Africa. (Midrand: CURES). 

Freund, B. (2010) “The significance of the minerals-energy complex in the light of South African economic historiography.” Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 3-25. 

Energyblog —

Energy Landscapes/Energy Ecosystems

Vanesa Castan Broto, Diana Salazar, Kevin Adams, “Communities and urban energy landscapes in Maputo, Mozambique,” People, Place and Policy, 2014.

Decker, Elliott, Smith, Blake, Rowland, “Energy and Material Flow Through the Urban Ecosystem,” Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, 2000.

New Energy Geographies” blog, by Jonathan Silver and Adres Luque.

*Castan Broto, Allen, Eriksson, “Urban Metabolism at UCL – A Working Paper” 25 November 2011.

Clark & York, “Carbon metabolism: Global capitalism, climate change, and the biospheric rift,” Theory and Society, 2005.

Hammarby model

Low Carbon Energy for Development Network 


Meadowcroft, J. (2005) “Environmental political economy, technological transitions and the state.” New Political Economy, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 479-498.

Meadowcroft, J. (2009) “What about the politics? Sustainable development, transition management, and long-term energy transitions.” Policy Science. vol. 42, no. 4. pp. 323-340.  — notes available here

Meadowcroft, J. (2011) “Engaging with the politics of sustainability transitions.” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 1 (1), pp. 70-5. 

Smith, A. (2010) “Translating sustainabilities between green niches and socio-technical regimes.” Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. — notes available here

Baker, L., Newell, P. and Phillips, J. (2014) “The political economy of energy transitions: the case of South Africa.” New Political Economy, 1-28. 


Urban Energy–trends

Ch. 18 Urban Energy Systems,” Global Energy Assessment, 2014(?).

Silver, Jonathan, “The Rise of Afro-Smart Cities Should Be Viewed with Caution.” (n.d.?)

EIA, Africa Energy Outlook, 2014.

*Andres Luque-Ayala, “From consumers to customers: Regularizing electricity networks in Sao Paulo’s favelas” forthcoming in Hodson, M and Marvin, S (Eds) Retrofitting Cities: Priorities, Governance and Experimentation. (Taylor and Francis: London, 2015).

*Luque “The smart grid and the interface between energy, ICT and the city: Retrofitting and integrating urban infrastructures” 2013.

Clean Development and Low Carbon Transitions in Southern Africa — website/blog, Marcus Powers, Durham University


Energy from a Political Ecology Perspective

Andrew Barry, “Material Politics: Disputes Along the Pipeline.”

UCL Energy, Society, and People Symposium (video by Vanesa Castan Broto).

Vanesa Castan Broto & Bulkeley, “Maintaining Climate Change Experiments: Urban Political Ecology and Everyday Reconfiguration of Urban Infrastructure”, 2013.

Biel, Robert The Entropy of Capitalism 2011.



Participatory Urban Planning for Climate Change Adaptation (video by Vanesa Castan Broto).

Participatory Planning for Climate Change in Maputo (video by Vanesa Castan Broto).


Climate Change

Bulkeley & Vanesa Castan Broto, “Government by Experiment? Global Cities and the Governing of Climate Change”, 2012.

Barbier, Edward, ‘Reducing Carbon Dependence’ in A Global Green New Deal: Rethinking the Economic Recovery (Cambridge Unviersity Press: 2010).

Vanesa Castan Broto, “Viewpoint: Planning for Climate Change in the African City”, International Development Planning Review, 2014.

Bulkeley & Newell, Governing Climate Change, Routledge: 2010.

Bulkeley, Vanesa Castan Broto, Maassen, “Urban Energy Systems and the Governing of Climate Change,” Urban Studies, 2014.

Evans, JP, 2011, “Resilience, ecology and adaptation in the experimental city.” Transactions of the Society of British Geographers, vol 36, pp. 223-37. — notes available here

Roberts & Parks, 2007, A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics and Climate Policy. (Cambridge, Mass, London: MIT Press).

Klein, Naomi (2014) This Changes Everything.


Urban Environments

Banks (2011). Home Space, Street Styles: Contesting Power and Identity in South African City. Johannesburg: Pluto Press.

Bayat, A. (2000) “From ‘Dangerous Classes’ to ‘Quiet Rebels’: Politics of the Urban Subaltern in the Global South.” International Sociology. vol. 15.

Bond, P. (2000) Cities of Gold, Townships of Coal: Essays on South Africa’s New Urban Crisis. Trenton and Asmara: Africa World Press.

Watson, V. “African Urban Fantasies: Dreams or Nightmares?Environment and Urbanization, 2014. Also, a response to this: Cain, “African Urban Fantasies: Past Lessons and Emerging Realities“, Environment and Urbanization, 2014.

*Luque-Ayala, Andres & Simon Marvin, ‘Developing a Critical  Understanding of Smart Urbanism?” Urban Studies 2015.

*Bulkeley, Luque-Ayala, Silver, “Housing and the (re)configuration of energy provision in Cape Town and Sao Paulo: Making Space for a progressive urban climate politics” Political Geography, 2014.

Dixon & Earnes, “Scaling Up: The Challenges of Urban Retrofit,” Building Research and Information, 2013.

Ferguson (1999) Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt, Berkeley: University of California Press.

Girardet, H. Creating Regenerative Cities. 2014.

Grant, R. “Sustainable African Urban Futures: Stocktaking and Critical Reflection on Proposed Urban Projects” American Behavioral Scientist, 2014.

Revi, A 2009, India’s Urban Transformation: From Challenge to Opportunity, Indian Institute of Human Settlements. Available from: <;. [25 November 2014]

Roy, A. and Ong, A. (2011) Worlding cities: Asian experiments and the art of being global. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. — notes available here

Simone, A.M. (2001) “On the Worlding of African Cities.” African Studies Review, vol. 44, no. 2. — notes available here

Scott, Allen J. Chapter 10 – Urbanization and the New Spatial Division of Labor. Metropolis: From the Division of Labor to Urban Form.

Swyngedouw, E. “The Antinomies of the Postpolitical City: In Search of a Democratic Politics of Environmental Production” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2009.

Whitehad, Mark, “Neoliberal Urban Environmentalism and the Adaptive City: Towards a Critical Urban Theory and Climate Change,” Urban Studies, 2013.

The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South, eds. Susan Parnell and Sophie Oldfield, Routledge Handbooks. — notes on ch. 43 (“Peri-Urbanization and the Political Ecology of Differential Sustainability” by Adriana Allen available here)


Service Provision

Chapter 3: The Framework for Service ProvisionWorld Development Report 2004.


Energy Modelling

Bhattacharyya, SC, Timilsina, Gr, “Modelling energy demand of developing countries: Are the specific features adequately captured,” Energy Policy, 2010.

Deichmann, Murray, Meisner, Wheeler, “The Economics of Renewable Energy Expansion in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa,” Energy Policy, 2011.

Pandey, R, “Energy Policy Modelling: Agenda for Developing Countries“, Energy Policy, Jan 2002.

Saleh, Afandi, Hassan, “Wind Energy Modeling over West Africa,” Open Journal of Renewable Eenrgy and Sustainable Development, in press (?).

Samouilidis, Emmanuel, Berahas, Emmanuel, “Energy Policy Modelling in Developing and Industrializing Countries,” European Journal of Operational Research, May 1983 (!!!).

Sanoh, Kocaman, Kocal, Sherpa, Modi, “The economics of clean energy resource development and grid interconnection in Africa,” Renewable Energy, Feb 2014.

Tait, McCall, Stone, “Energy future modelling for African cities – selecting a modelling tool for the SAMSET project.”

Urban, Moll, Benders, “Modeling Transitions to Renewable Energy in Developing Countries“.

Wikler, “Energy Policies for Sustainable Development in South Africa.

Energy Research Centre at University of Cape Town.


Sustainability, Justice, Political Ecology (PE), Urban Political Ecology (UPE)

Angelo & Wachsmuth, “Urbanizing Urban Political Ecology: A Critique of Methodological Cityism” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2014.

Banerjee, Bobby, “Who Sustains Whose Development? Sustainable Development and the Reinvention of Nature,” Organization Studies, 2003.

Beckerman, Wilfred, 1994, “‘Sustainable Development’: It is a Useful Concept?” Environmental Values. 

Berkes, Fikret, Colding, Johan, Folke, Carl Navigating social-ecological systems: building resilience for complexity and change 2003.

Castree, N, Braun, B. Social Nature: Theory, practice, and politics (Malden, Mass, Oxford: 2001). Perhaps focus on chapter by Blaikie: “Social nature and environmetnal policy in the South: Views from Verandah and Veld.”

de Chiro, G. Environmental Justice from the Grassroots: Reflections on History, Gender, and Expertise from book: The Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Environmental Justice Movements in the United States. by D. Faber, 1998.

Cole & Foster, From the ground up: Environmental racism and the rise of the environmental justice movement. (London, New York: New York University Press, 2001).

Dobson, A. Justice and the Environment, Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability and Dimensions of Social Justice, 1998.

Dryzek, J.S. 2005, The politics of the earth: Environmental Discourses. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). — notes on ch. 1 in progress

Escobar, A “Whose Knowledge, Whose Nature? Biodiversity conservation and social movementJournal of Political Ecology,

Escobar, A “Difference and Conflict in the Struggle Over Natural Resource: A Political Ecology Framework.” Development, 2006.

Escobar, a. (1996) “Constructing nature: elements for a poststructuralist political ecology.” in R. Peet and M. Watts (eds.) Liberation Ecologies: Environment, Development, Social Movements. London: Routledge.

Ernstson, H. (2013) “Re-translating nature in post-apartheid Cape Town: The Material Semiotics of People and plants at bottom road.” in R. Heeks (ed) Actor-Network Theory for Development, available from Manchester Institute for Development Policy and Management, SED, University of Manchester.

Folke, Hahn, Olsson, Norberg, “Adaptive governance of social-ecological systemsAnnual Review of Environment and Resources, 2005.

Forsyth, Critical Political Ecology: The Politics of Environmental Science, Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2004.

Forsyth, T, “Critical Realism and Political Ecology” from Lopez, Jose and Potter, Garry (eds) After postmodernism: an introduction to critical realism London: Athlone, 2001.

Foster, John. 2012. “The Planetary Rift and the New Human Exemptionalism,” Organization and Environment, 1 September 2012.

Gabriel, ‘Urban Political Ecology: Environmental Imaginary, Governance, and the Non-Human’, Geography Compass, 2014.

Gibbs & Jonas, ‘Governance & regulation in local enviornmental policy: the utility of a regime approcah.” Geoforum, August 2000.

Giddings, Hopwood, O’Brien, “Environment, Economy, and Society: Fitting Them Together into Sustainable Development” Sustainable Development, 2002.

Hopwood, Mellor, O’Brien, “Sustainable Development: Mapping Different Approaches,” Sustainable Development, 2005.

Goldman & Turner, Knowing Nature: Conversation at the Intersection of Political Ecology and Science Studies,

Krueger & Gibbs, The Sustainable Development Paradox: Urban Political Economy in the United States and Europe (London, New York: Guilford Press, 2007).

Meadowcroft, J. “Sustainable Development: A New(ish) Idea for a New Century?” Political Studies. 2000.

Peet, Robbins, Watts, 2011, Global Political Ecology, (London: Routledge).

Pieterse, E. “Recasting urban sustainability in the South” Development, 2001.

Robbins, P. 2008. Chapter 12: “The state in political ecology: a postcard to political geography from the field.” (pp. 205-219) from The Sage Handbook of Political Geography (London, Los Angeles: SAGE), eds K.R. Cox, M. Low, J. Robinson — notes in progress 

Lyons, Smuts, Stephens, “Participation, Empowerment and Sustainability: (How) Do the Links Work?” Urban Studies, 2001.

Swyngedouw, Heynen, “Urban Political Ecology, Justice, and the Politics of Scale,” Antipode, 2003.

Walker, Peter A. “Political Ecology: Where Is the Ecology?” Progress in Human Geography, 2005.

Wheeler & Beatley, The Sustainable Urban Development Reader, Routledge: 2009.

Whitehead, Mark, “Cold Monsters and Ecological Leviathans: Reflections on the Relationships between States and the Environment,” Geography Compass, 2008.

Vaughn, Jacquelin, Environmental politics: domestic and global dimension, Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004.

Zimmer, Urban Political Ecology: Theoretical concepts, challenges, and suggested future direction. 2010.

Zimmer, Bassett, Political Ecology: An Integrative Approahc to Geography and Enviornment-Development Studies 2003.


Imperialism and Marginalized Populations

Biel, Robert, The new imperialism: crisis and contradictions in North-South Relations. 2000: Zed.

Caldwell, Malcolm The wealth of some nations. (Zed: 1977).

Odendaal, Nancy, “The Spaces Between: ICT and Marginalization in the South African City” 2011.


Economics and Economic Geography

Bates, Robert, Essays in the Political Economy of Rural Africa (Cambridge, 1983). — Fenske (below) attempts to quantify

Farfan, OH “Understanding and Escaping Commodity-Dependency: a Global Value Chain Perspective” 2005 (prepared for the World Bank).

Felman, PM. Chapter 19: Location and innovation: the new economic geography of innovation, spillovers and agglomeration. Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography, 2003.

Fine, B (2000) ‘Economics, social capital and the colonization of the social sciences’ in S. Baran et al., Social Capital: Critical Perspectives, OUP.

Illiffe, J. The Emergence of African Capitalism (London 1983)

JH Dunning and SM Lundan, “Chapter 10.5: Economic growth and inbound FDIMultinational enterprises and the global economy, 2008.

JH Dunning and SM Lundan, “Chapter 10.4: Institutional Quality and the Ability to Attract FDI,” Multinational enterprises and the global economy, 2008.

Friedman, G. “The Global Crisis of Legitimacy,” 2010.

O’Connor, M. Is Capitalism Sustainable? Political Economy and the Politics of Ecology. (New York: Guilford Press, 1994).


Political Ecology (PE) Perspectives on Africa

Beinart, W (1984) ‘Soil Erosion, conservationism and ideas about development: Southern African exploration, 1900-1960’ Journal of South African Studies.

Beinart W (2000) ‘African history and environmental history’ African Affairs.

Brautigam & Zhanga, ‘Green Dreams: Myth & Reality in China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa’ Third World Quarterly (2013).

Chan, Stephen, The Morality of China in Africa: The Middle Kingdom and the Dark Continent (2013)

Cheru, F & Cyril Obi (eds) The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions (2010.

Comaroff, J and JL Comaroff (2011) Theory from thesouth, or How Euro-America is evolving toward Africa. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. (Article with same title but with 2012 date in Anthropological Forum journal.)

Fairhead, J & M. Leach (1996) Misreading the AFrican Landscape: Society and Ecology in a Forest-Savanna Mosaic, Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. For critique of this, see Nyerges, AE and GM Green (2000) “The ethnography of landscape: GIS and remote sensing in the study of forest change in West AFrican Guinea savanna”, American Anthropologist.

Fenske, James, ‘Ecology, trade, and States in Pre-Colonial Africa’, Journal of the European Economic Association.

Firsing & Williams, ‘Increased Chinese and American Defence Invovlement in AFrica’ Defence and Security Analysis  2013.

Hanusch, ‘African Perspectives on China-Africa: Modelling Popular Perceptiosna nd their Economic and Political Determinants’ Oxford Development Studies (2012).

Hess & Aidoo ‘chartingg the Roots of Anti-Chinese Populism in Africa: A Comparison of Zambia and Ghana’ Journal of Asian and African Studies (2013).

Lawhon, Ernstson, Silver, “Provincializing Urban Political Ecology: Towards Situated UPE Through African Urbanism”, Antipode (2013)

Leach M and R Mearns (eds) (1996) The Lie of the Land: Challenging Received Wisdom on the African Environment.

Leach M and J. Fairhead ‘Fashioned Forest paths, occluded histories? International environmental analysis in West African locales’, Development and Change. 2000.



Goody, Jack Technology, Tradition, and the State (London, 1971).

Jennings, Michael, ‘Building Better People: Modernity and Utopia in Late Colonial Tanganyike’, Journal of Eastern African Studies (2009).

Probst, P & heike Schmidt (eds) African Modernities (Oxford 2002).

Robert Bates, “Modernization, Ethnic Competition and the Rationality of Politics in Contemporary Africa,” in Donald Rothchild and Victor Olorunsola, State Versus Ethnic Claims: African Policy Dilemmas. (1983).

Robinson, Amanda Lea. “National Versus Ethnic Identification in Africa: Modernization, Colonial Legacy, and the Origins of Territorial Nationalism.” World Politics (2014).


Politics and Issues of “State”

Allen, Chris ‘Understanding African Politics’ Review of African Political Economy (1995)

Bates, Robert Markets and States in Tropical Africa (London 1981)

Bates, Robert When Things Fall Apart (Cambridge 2008)

Bayart, Jean-Francois The State in Africa: Politics of the Belly (Harlow 1993)

Bayart, Ellice, Hibou, The Crimilaisation of the State in AFrica (Oxford 1999)

Chabal, Patrick & Jean-Pascal Deloz, Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument (Oxford, 1999).

Cheeseman, Nicolas, Andrea Schreiber, and David Anderson, eds. The Handbook of African Politics. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Connelly, “Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice,” (Routledge, 2012).

Davidson, Basil, The Black Man’s Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation State (1992)

Eckersley, “The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty,” (MIT Press, 2004).

Englebert, Pierre, ‘Postconflict Reconstruction in Africa; Flawed Ideas about Failed States’ International Security (2008)

Herbst, Jeffrey, States and Power in Africa (Princeton, 2000).

Herbst, Jeffrey, “The Creation and Maintenance of National Boundaries in Africa” International Organization (1989)

Herbst, Jeffrey, “The Challenges to Africa’s Boundaries” Journal of International Affairs (1982).

Herbst, Jeffrey, ‘Responding to State Failure in Africa’ International Security (1996)

Jackson, Robert & Carl Rosberg ‘Why Africa’s Weak States Persist’ World Politics 9182)

Nugent, Paul and AI Asiwaju (eds), African Boundaries: Barriers, Conduits, and Opportunities (London 1996).

Swyngedouw, E. “Governance innovation and the citizen: The Janus face of governance-beyond-the-state.” Urban Studies, 2005.

Tilly, Charles ‘Cities and States in World History’ — chapter 1 in Corecion, Capital, and European States (Oxford 1990)


Industrialization and Infrastructure

Agenor, P-R. “A theory of infrastructure-led development,” Journal of Economic Dyanmics and Control. 2010.

Humphrey, J and Schmitz, H. “How does insertion in Global Value Chains Affect Upgrading in Industrial Clusters?Regional Studies. 2002.

Kiely, Ray (1998) “Chapter 2: Debating industrializtion,” from Kiely, Ray, Industrialization and Development: A Comparative Analysis pp. 6-21, Bristol: UCL Press.

Kay, Cristobal, “Why East Asia Ovetook Latin Ameria: Agrarian Reform, Industrialisation and Development,” Thrid World Quarterly, 2002.

Rodik, D. “Industrial policy for the 21st century,” 2004.

Scott, Allen J. (1988) Chapter 4 – Agglomeration processes and industrial complex formation. Metopolis: from the division of labor to urban form.

Neffke, Henning, Boschma, “How do Regions Diversify Over Time? Industry Relatedness and the Development of New Growth Paths in RegionsEconomic Geography 2011.

Schmitz, H and Nadvi, K. “Clustering and Industrialization: Introduction,” World Development, 1999.

Vanesa Castan Broto et al “What Can We Learn About Transitions for Sustainability from Infrastructure Shocks?

World Bank, 1994, “Infrastructure: Achievements, Challenges, and Opportunities”.


Conceptions of Society, African History

Africapolis 2010, Urbanisation Trends 1950–2020: A Geo-statistical Approach, West Africa, Fact Sheets By Country. Available at: <;. [6 December 2014]

Austin, G. (2007) ‘Reciprocal Comparison and African History: Tackling Conceptual Eurocentrism in the Study of Africa’s Economic Past’ African Studies Review.

Branch, Dan & Nic heeseman, ‘The Politics of Control in Kenya: Understanding the Bureaucratic-Executive State 1954-73’ Review of the African Political Economy (2006)

Cooper, Frederick, Africa Since 1945: The past of the present (Cambridge, 2002).

Coquery-Vidrovitch, Catherine, Africa — Endurance and Change South of the Sahara (Berkeley 1992); originally published in French in 1985

Davis, Mike, Planet of Slums (London, 2006).

Meredith, The Fate of Africa, updated 2014?

De Bruijn, Mirjam, Rijk van Dijk, & Dick Foeken, Mobile Africa: Changing Pattern sof Movement in Africa and Beyond (Leiden, 2001).

Gyimah Boadi, ‘Civil Society in Africa,’ Journal of Democracy (1996).

Feierman, S. ‘African histories and the dissolution of world history’, in Africa and the disciplines: the contributions of research in Africa to the social sciences and humanitites, R.H. Bates, V.Y. Mudimbe & J.F. O’Barr (eds) Chicago 1993.

Freund, Bill The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society since 1800 (Basingstoke, 1998).

Herbst, Jeffrey States and Power in Africa (Princeton 2000).

Iliffe The African Poor: A History, Cambridge, 1987. (Possible critique to this thesis? JDY Peel ‘Poverty and Sacrifice in 19th-Century Yorubaland – a Critique of Iliffes Thesis’, Journal of African History, 1991.

Jensen, Steffen, “Claiming community: local politics on the Cape Flats, South AfricaCritique of Antrhopology, 2004.

Illiffe, J. The Modern History of Tanganyika (Cambridge 1975).

Illiffe, J. Africans: The History of a Continent (Cambridge 1995).

Jewsiewicki, B and VY Mudimbe ‘Africans’ memories and contemporary history of Africa, History and Theory. 1993.

Jewsiewicki, Bogumil, David Newbury, eds. African Historiographies: What History for Which Africa? (Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1986).

Lonsdale, J. ‘Africa’s Pasts in Africa’s Future’, Canadian Journal of African Studies, 1989.

Lonsdale, John and Berman, Bruce, ‘Coping with the Contradictions: the Development of the Colonial State in Kenya’, Journal of African History (1979)

Lonsdale, J Unhappy Valley: Confliect in Kenya and Africa (London 1992).

Kipkorir, Benjamin (ed) Biographical Essays on Imperialism and Collaboration in Colonial Kenya (Nairobi, 1980).

Medard, Jean-Francois, Private Patronage and Public Power (London 1982).

Posner, Daniel, Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa (Cambridge, 2005).

Ranger, Terence, ‘The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africca,” in e. Hobsbawm & T. Ranger (eds.) The Invention of Tradition (Cambridge 1992).

Ranger, Terrence, ‘The Invention of Tradition REvisited: the case of colonial Africa in T. Ranger & O. Vaughan (eds.) Legitimacy and the State int he 20th Century Africa (Lodnon 1993).

Roberts, Andrew, The Colonial Moment in Africa (Cambridge, 1990), from the Cambridge History of Africa.

Young, Crawford. The African Colonial State in Comparative Perspective (1994).

Young, Crawford, ‘The End of the POst-Colonial State in Africa? Reflections on Changing African Political Dyanamics’ African Affairs (2004)


China and India in Africa

Alden, Chris, China in Africa, Zed Books.

Alden, Chris, Daniel Large, and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, eds. China Returns to Africa: A Rising Power and a Continent Embrace. London: Hurst and Co, 2008.

King, Kenneth, China’s Aid and Soft Power in Africa: The Case of Education and Training (2013).

Large, D. ‘China and the Contradictions of ‘non-interference’ in Sudan’ Review of African Policial Economy (2008)

Li, A. ‘African Studies in China in the 20th Century: A Historiographical Survey’ African Studies Review (2005).

Manji & Marsk (eds) African Perspectives on China in Africa (2007).

Mohan, Giles, ‘Beyond the Enclave: Towards a Criticald Political Economy of China and Africa’ Development and Change 2013.

Monson, J. ‘Remembering Work on the Tazara Railway in AFrica and China, 1965-2011: When ‘New Men’ Grow Old’, African Studies Review, 2013.

Power, Mohan, Tan-Mullins, China’s Resource Diplomacy in Africa: Powering Development (2012).

Rotberg, R China into Africa: Trade, Aid and Influence (2008).

Taylor, Ian, China and Africa: Engagement and Compromise (2006).

Taylor, Ian, China’s New Role in Africa (2009).

Taylor, Ian & Zhengyu Wu, ‘China’s Arms Transfers to Africa and Political Violence’, Terrorism and Political Violence, 2013.


Africa and International Relations

Clapham, Christopher. Africa and the International System. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Cooper, Frederick & Randall Packard (eds.) International Development and the Social Sciences: Essays on the History and POlitics of Knowledge  (Berkeley, 1997).

Dicken, P. Chapter 2: Global Shift: Changing geographies of the global economy.” 2011.

Hicks, Kathleen, AFRICOM: Visions and Prospects. — *restricted, cannot access*

Keenan, Jeremy. ‘US militarization in AFrica: What anthropologists should know about AFRICOM,’ Anthropology Today.


Neoliberalism, Post-Neoliberalism, Structural Adjustments, etc

Ahmed, N 2010, A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization and How to Save It, Macmillan, New York.

Anderson & Leal, “Free Market Environmentalism” 1991.

Arsel & Buscher, “Nature ™ Inc: Changes and Continuities in Neoliberal Conservation and Market-Based Environmental PolicyDevelopment and Change, 2012.

Bond, Patrick. Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South AFrica. London: Pluto Press, 2000.

Bruno & Karliner, The corporate takeover of sustainable development — segment: the globalization decade. (Oakland: First Books, 2002).

Daniels, A. Jeans, A. “Integrated Approaches to Enabling the Most Vulnerable to Participate in Markets.Enterprise Development and Microfinance. 2009.

Engberg-Pedersen, Poul et al., Limits of Adjustments in Africa: the effects of economic liberalization 1986-94 (Oxford 1996).

Ferguson, J. (2006) Global Shadow: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order. Durham: Duke University Press.

Himley, “Geographies of Enviornmental governance: the nexus of nature and neoliberalism,” Geography Compass, 2008.

Peck, Theodore, Brenner (2010) “Postneoliberalism and Its MalconentsAntipode.

Potts, D 2013, ‘Urban economies, urban livelihoods and natural resources-based economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa: the constraints of a liberalized world economy.” Local Economy, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 170-187. Available from: <;. [2 December 2014]

Prahalad, CK. 2010, The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid: eradicating poverty through profits.

Raco, “Sustainable development, rolled-out neoliberalism and sustainable communitiesAntipode 2005.

World Bank, Adjustment in Africa (Washington DC 1994).



Poverty and Globalization–Reith Lecture by Vandana Shiva, BBC 2000.

Chapter 1, World Development Report  2009.

Navigating this ReportWorld Development Report 2009.

Agrawal, A. (1996) ‘Poststructuralist approaches to develpment: some critical reflections.” Peace and Change.

Ansoms, An, ‘Re-Engineering Rural Society: The Visions and Ambitions of the Rwandan Elite’ African Affairs 2009.

Avgerou, C. “Discourses on ICT and development.” 2010.

Booth, D & Frederick Golooba-Mutebi ‘Development patrimonialism? The Case of Rwanda’ African Affairs 2012.

Constantine, Stephen, The Making of British Colonial Development Policy 1914-1940 (London, 1940)

Cooper, F. (1997) ‘Modernizing bureaucrats, backward Africans, and the development concept’, in International Development and the Social Sciences

Dunning, JH and Lundan, SM (2008) “FDI, growth, and development” from Dunning, John H and Lundan, Sarianna M, Multinational enterprises and the global economy.

Elyachar, J. “Next Practices: Knowledge, Infrastructure and Public Goods at the Bottom of the Pyramid.Public Culture. 2012.

Escobar, A. (1984) ‘Development Policy Discourse’, Public Administration and Development.

Ethical dimensions of economic development MS Swaminathan Research Foundation 2003.

Habib, Adam. “South Africa: Conceptualising a Politics of human-oriented development.’ Social Dynamics, 2008.

Habib, Adam. ‘Reflections on the Prerequisites for a Sustainable Reconstruction in Zimbabwe’, in Hany Besada (ed.), 2011, Zimbabwe: Picking Up the Pieces: Palgrave.

Havnevik, Kjell, Tanzania, — the Limits to Development from Above (Uppsala, 1993).

Havinden, Michael & David Meredith, Colonial Development: Britain and its Tropical Colonies, 1850-1960 (London, 1993)

Farole, T, and Winkler, D (eds) “Making Foreign Direct Investment Work for Sub-Saharan Africa.” World Bank. 2014.

Ferguson, J. (1990) The Anti-Politics Machine. “Development”, Depoliticization and Bureacratic Power in Lesotho, Minneapolis.

Kelsall, Tim ‘Going with the Grain in AFrican Development?’ Development Policy Review (2008)

Martinussen, J. (1997) “State or Market?” Society, state and market: a guide to competing theories of development London: Zed Books.

McAfee, “Nature in the Market-World: Ecosystem Services and Inequality,” Development, 2012.

McMichael, P. “Contemporary Contradictions of the Global Development Project: Geopolitics, Global Ecology and the ‘development climateThird World Quarterly.  2009.

Moser & Dani, 2008 “Assets and Livelihoods: A framework for asset-based social policy” World Bank.

Scott, James, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve Human Condition Have Failed (New Haven & London, 1998)

Smith, Uneven Development: Nature, Capital, and the Production of Space.

Whitfield, L. 2012. “How Countires Become Rich and Reduce Poverty: A Review of Heterodox Explanation of Economic Developmnt.” Development Policy Review. 2012.

World Bank, “Chapter 3: Making Services Work for Poor People.World Development Report 2004.



Abrahamsen, R. (2003) ‘African stuides and the postcolonial challenge’, African Affairs.

Ahluwalia, DPA (2001) Politics and Post-Colonial Theory: African Inflections, London; New York: Routledge

Amin, Samir Neo-Colonialism in West Africa (New York, 1973).

Buckley, Liam (2005) “Objects of Love and Decay: Colonial Photographs in a Postcolonial Archive” in Cultural Anthropology

Eze, EC (ed) (1997) Postcolonial African Philosophy: A Critical REader, Cambridge, MA: Oxford: Blackwell.

Falola, Toyin Nationalism and African Intellectuals (Rochester, 2001)

Falola, Toyin The Power of African Cultures (Rochester, 2003).

Landau, Paul S & Deborah D. Kaspin (2002) Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Majefe, A. (1996) ‘Antrhopology in Post-independence Africa: End of an Era and the Problem of Self-Definition’

Mamdani, Mahmood Citizen and Subject: Contempoerary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (London, 1996).

Mbembe, Achille. On the Postcolony (London & Berkeley, 2001).

Nkrumah, Kwame, Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism (London, 1972).

Pels, P. (1997) ‘The Anthropology of colonialism: culture, history, and the emergence of Western governmentality’, Annual Review of Anthropology.

Rodney, Walter, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (London 1972).

Said, EW. (1978) Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient, London.

Thion’o, Ngugi wa (1986) Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature Portsmotuh NH: Heinemann, 1986.


Methodology and Miscellaneous

Albo, “the limits of eco-localism: scale, strategy, socialism, Socialist Register, ?

Banks, Marcus (2007) Using Visual Data in Qualitative research. London: Sage.

Barrett, C. (2004) ‘Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Analysing Poverty Dynamics’ SAGA Working Paper, Cronell University and USAID.

Brigs, J. “The Use of indigenous knowledge in development: problems and challengesProgress in Development Studies, 2005.

Civic Science for Sustainability: Reframing the Role of Experts, Policy-Makers and Citizens in Environmental Governance, Global Environmental Politcis. 2003.

Creswell, JW and Clark, V (2006) Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods REsearch. London: Sage Publications

Devereus, X and Hoddinott, J. eds (1992) Fieldwork in Developing Countries.

Flyvbjerg, “Empowering Civil Society: Habermas, Foucault and the Question of Conflict” part of book (Mike Douglass & John Friedmann eds) Cities for citizens: planning and the rise of civil society, 1998.

Gandy, Cyborg Urbanization: Complexity and Monstrosity in the Contemporary City, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, March 2005.

George, AL & Bennett, A (2005) Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (MIT).

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Koser, Khalid (ed.) New African Diasporas (London 2003).

Miraftab, “Insurgent Planning: Situating Radical Planning in the Global South,Planning Theory, 2009.

Tait, L., Wlokas, H.L., Garside, B. (2013) “Making communities count: Maximising local benefit potential in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP).” Access to Energy Series (Ed. Wilson, E.) International Institute for Environment and Development. —  link is directly to publication, freely available online

Weiss, B. (2009) Street dreams and hip hop barbershops: global fantasy in urban Tanzania. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Widner, J & Mundt, A (1998) ‘Researching social capital in Africa’, Africa.

Wlokas, H.L., Boyd, A., Andolfi, M. (2012) “Challenges for local community development in private sector-led renewable energy projects in South Africa: an evolving approach.” Journal of Energy in South Africa, vol. 23, no. 4. 


Dams and Development

Colson, Elizabeth The Social Consequences of Resettlement. The Imapct of Kariba Resettlement upon the Gwenmbe Tonga  (Manchester 1971)

Hart, David M. The Volta River Project: A Case Study in Politics and Technology (Edinburgh, 1980)

Isaacman, Allen F. and Barbara S. Dams, Displacement and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007 (Athens 2013)

Miescher, Stephan F ‘Building the City of the Futur: Visions and Experiences of Modernity in Ghana’s Akosombo Township’ Journal of African HIstory (2012)

Moxon, James, Volta: Man’s Greatest Lake (london 1969)

Rubin, Neville & William M. Warren (eds) Dams in Africa: An Inter-disciplinary Study of Man-Made Lakes in Africa (London, 1968)

Tischler, Julia Light and pOwer for a Multiracial Nation: The Kariba Dam Scheme in the Central African Federation (Bansingstoke, 2013).


Fossil Fuel Industry

Ahmed, N (a) 2014, “Five pathways to post-capitalist ‘renaissance’ by a former oil man’, The Guardian 9 April. Available from <;. [15 December 2014].


Renewable Energy Industry

Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2014, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014. Available at <;. [13 December 2014].

Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) 2014, Renewables 2014 Global Status Report. Available from: <;. [12 December 2014]

Koronowski, R 2013, ‘Ikea will start selling solar panels in all British stores’, Think Progress 20 September. Available from: <;. [10 December 2014]


Renewable Energy in Africa

Hankins, M 2013, ‘Why Africa is missing the solar power boat’, 3 April. Available from: <;. [10 December 2014].


Building Solar Design

Givoni, Passive and Low-Energy Cooling of Buildings

Jones, Architecture and the Environment

Milne and Givoni, Architectural Design Based on Climate

Olgyay, Design with Climate

Roaf, Ecohouse 2

Yannas, Solar Energy and Housing Design, Volumes 1 and 2

Baker, Energy and Environment in Non-Domestic Buildings

Amstock, Handbook of Glass in Construction

Button and Pye, Glass in Building

Johnson, Low-ε Glazing Design Guide

Givoni, Passive and Low-Energy Cooling of Buildings

Santamouris and Asimakopolous, Passive Cooling of Buildings

Amstock J S, Handbook of Glass in Construction, McGraw-Hill, new York, 1997  (ARCH DO 1 AMS)

Baker N, Energy and Environment in Non-Domestic Buildings: A technical design guide, Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Cambridge, c.1996  (ARCH A 93 BAK)

Baker N and Steemers K, Energy and Environment in Architecture: A technical design guide, E and FN Spon, London, 2000  (ARCH A 93 BAK)

Button D and Pye B, editors, Glass in building: A guide to modern architectural glass performance, Butterworth Architecture, Oxford, 1993  (ARCH DO 1 BUT)

Flood M, Solar Prospects: The potential for renewable energy, Wildwood House, London, in association with Friends of the Earth, 1983  (Research Office Library, room 232)

Givoni B, Passive and Low-Energy Cooling of Buildings, Van Norstrand Reinhold, New York, 1994  (ARCH AB 88 GIV)

Johnson T E, Low-ε Glazing Design Guide, Butterworth Architecture, Stoneham, Mass, 1991  (ARCH F 31 JOH)

Jones D L, Architecture and the Environment: Bioclimatic building design, Laurence King Publishing, London, 1998  (ARCH A 85 LLO)

Littlefair P J, Santamouris M, Alvarez S, Dupargne A, Hall D, Teller J, Coronel J F and Papanikolaou N,Environmental Site Layout Planning: Solar access, microclimate and passive cooling areas, Construction Research Communications Ltd, 2000  (ARCH A 93 LIT)

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Olgyay V, Design with Climate: Bioclimatic approach to architectural regionalism, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1963  (ARCH A 93 OLG)

Roaf S, Ecohouse 2: A design guide, Architectural Press, London, 2003  (ARCH A 85 ROA)

Santamouris M and Asimakopolous D, editors, Passive Cooling of Buildings, James and James, London, 1996  (ARCH AB 88 SAN)

Yannas S, Solar Energy and Housing Design, Volume 1: Principles, Objectives, Guidelines, Architectural Association Publications, London, 1994  (ARCH A 93 YAN)

Yannas S, Solar Energy and Housing Design, Volume 2: Examples, Architectural Association Publications, London, 1994  (ARCH A 93 YAN)

Butti K and Perlin J, A Golden Thread: 2500 years of solar architecture and technology, Marion Boyars, London, 1980  (ARCH A 93 BUT)

Claigh E O, Olley J A and Owen Lewis J, The climatic Dwelling: An introduction to climate-responsive residential architecture, James and James, London, 1996  (ARCH A 97 COF)

ECD Architects and Steemers T C, for the Commission of the European Communities, Solar Architecture in Europe: Design, performance and evaluation, Prism Press, Bridport, Dorset, 1991  (ARCH A 93 ECD)

Goulding J R, Owen Lewis J and Steemers T C, editors, Energy Conscious Design: A design primer for architects, Batsford, London, 1992  (ARCH A 93 GOU)

Goulding J R, Owen Lewis J and Steemers T C, editors, Energy in Architecture: The European passive solar handbook, Batsford, London 1992 (ARCH A 93 ENE)

Salmon C, Architectural Design for Tropical Regions, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1999  (ARCH BB 1.2 SAL)

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European Standard EN 410: 1998, Glass in Building – determination of luminous and solar characteristics of glazing

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