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Jane Jacobs

Research Areas
Professor Jacobs researches social and cultural aspects of cities and urban life. She has published widely on urban identity & difference, heritage & memory, tourism & the culture industries, housing & home, and architecture in society.  She is a specialist in visual and qualitative methodologies. Her most recent book is Buildings Must Die: A Perverse View of Architecture (MIT Press, 2014) and she currently co-curates a blog on architecture in Singapore.
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Divided Cities

Nick R. Smith

Research Areas
Dr. Smith is a scholar of urban transformation, planning, and policy. Using a combination of ethnography, spatial analysis, and archival research, his work explores processes of rapid socio-spatial transformation. Over the past decade, Smith’s research has focused on peri-urban China, where he has conducted extensive research on the development and planning of village communities. His current research looks at the history of Chinese industrial zones and the role of China in the urban development of Southeast Asia. 
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Urbanisation in China
  • Understanding Urbanisation
  • Living on the Edge: The Experience of Peri-urbanisation

Yaffa Truelove

Research Areas
Dr. Truelove’s work examines everyday life, politics, and infrastructural governance in cities of the global South. Her most recent research explores contested forms of water governance and everyday micropolitics in Delhi’s informal settlements. Her current projects focus on the relationship between social power and urban infrastructure in both Delhi and Mumbai, particularly as a lens for viewing urban inequality, the politics of India’s “missing” middle classes, and the (re-)making of cities.  She contributes to theoretical work on urban and feminist political ecologies, urban informality and everyday urbanism.
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Urbanisation in South Asia