Dr Nicola Banks

Lecturer in Urban Development

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Research interests

My research situates development as a long-term process of transformation and social justice

With a particular interest and expertise in urban poverty, my work reconciles issues of structure and agency in poverty reduction, looking both at the lived experiences of different groups of urban residents (urban poor communities, women, youth) and how layers of disadvantage along social, political and economic lines can impose significant constraints on these groups.

In policies and programmes for poverty reduction, this plays out in the tension between meeting the immediate needs of the urban poor and addressing the longer-term issue of pursuing social justice and rights to the city. The extent to which NGOs and other development actors are able to meet these goals is another of my research interests.

Visit my current research page for my work on youth, poverty and inequality in urban Tanzania.



Research and projects

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