FLÁVIO DE SOUZA
Flávio de Souza is professor of urban studies at Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil, where he also co-ordinates the Urban Issues Study Group. His main research interests are low-income housing land markets and public policy. He has published extensively in Geoforum, International Planning Studies, Storia Urbana and Habitat International, where he was ‘runner-up’ for the Jorge Hardoy Memorial Prize for the Best Paper by a Researcher from a Developing Country (2000).
Richard Grover is assistant dean (finance and resources) in the School of Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. He is a chartered surveyor and economist. He has a particular interest in the development of the property markets in the transitional economies of Central and Eastern Europe and has undertaken a number of projects in the region for bodies such as the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UK Know-How Fund and the Department for International Development, and the Russian and Romanian governments.
Mohamed Hamza is an urban development, training and disaster management consultant. He has extensive experience with international development organizations – the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Near East Foundation – managing programmes and providing consultancy in Sudan, Jordan, India, Eritrea, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Egypt. Recently he has been an adviser to the United Nations Mine Action Programme on management training and capacity-building of the indigenous Afghani non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working under the UN umbrella in Afghanistan, and to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on developing national disaster management capacity. He is also a visiting fellow at Cranfield University, UK, and is responsible for coordinating Cranfield Mine Action and Disaster Management Centre's research and studies programme. His research, teaching and publishing interests focus on urban development; urban vulnerability to disasters due to forces created by structural adjustment and economic globalization; and the impact of political economy, foreign aid, economic reform and structural adjustment programmes on shelter policies in the developing world. Mohamed Hamza has previously taught and carried out research at Oxford Brookes University and Cranfield University, UK.
GARETH A. JONES
Gareth A. Jones is senior lecturer in development geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the editor of four books on land markets, housing finance and state reform, and is currently working on a book manuscript of land, law and institutional change in Mexico. He has been a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS) and, most recently, for a review of the South Africa National Department of Housing proposed policy and research agenda. In 2004 he held a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship at the University of Texas in Austin.
Andrés Ortiz-Gómez studied at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and has been a lecturer in urban and regional planning at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, since 2000. He also works as a consultant architect in Colombia, engaging in a wide range of projects and research, which include land tenure issues in Bogotá, public–private interaction in the provision of housing for the urban poor, market enablement effects on urban structure, and urban planning and land valorization.
Geoffrey Payne is a housing and urban development consultant with over 30 years’ experience. He has undertaken research, teaching, training and consultancy assignments throughout the world for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Department for International Development (DFID), UN-Habitat (formerly UNCHS) and various universities and NGOs. His specializations include land tenure and property rights, reviews of regulatory guidelines for affordable shelter, public–private partnerships and participatory project design. He has recently directed a major research project on regulatory guidelines for new housing development in six countries and is directing a project to introduce innovative forms of secure tenure for the urban poor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Geoffrey Payne has written or contributed to many books and academic journals. Recent edited books include The Urban Housing Manual: Making Regulatory Frameworks Work for the Poor (Payne and Majale, Earthscan Publications, 2004); Land, Rights and Innovation: Improving Tenure Security for the Urban Poor (IT Publications, 2002); Making Common Ground: Public–Private Partnerships in Land for Housing (ITDG Publications, 2000); and Urban Projects Manual (Liverpool University Press, 2000). He was also a consultant for the documentary film Land Rites transmitted on BBC World Television during the World Urban Forum in June 2001.
Cedric Pugh was professor in Urban Economic Development at Sheffield Hallam University at the time of his death in 2001. He was a development economist who had lived and researched in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australasia. In a wide-ranging career he undertook research for the United Nations and wrote extensively on housing, urbanization and development in major journals in the field such as Urban Studies, Habitat International and Third World Planning Review. His major recent books include: Housing and Urbanisation: A Study of India (Sage, 1991), Sustainability, the Environment and Urbanisation (Earthscan, 1996) and Sustainable Cities in the Developing World which he edited for Earthscan in 2000.
Carole Rakodi is professor of international urban development in the International Development Department, School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham. Until recently, she was a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University. She is a geographer and town planner, with professional experience in Zambia and Kenya. Her main research interests are in urban planning and management, land and housing markets and policy, and urban poverty and livelihoods. She has carried out research in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and India and published widely. Her books include The Urban Challenge in Africa: Growth and Management of its Large Cities (United Nations University Press, 1997); Urban Livelihoods: A People-centred Approach to Reducing Poverty (Rakodi and Lloyd-Jones, Earthscan, 2002) and Building Sustainable Urban Settlements (Rakodi and Romaya, Intermediate Technology Publications, 2002). She has also edited a policy arena section of the Journal of International Development (vol 13, no 7, 2001), a special issue of International Planning Studies (vol 5, no 4, 2001) and an issue of Insights Development Research (no 38, 2001) on urban poverty and governance, and produced a publication on Sustainable Urbanisation: Achieving Agenda 21 (Rakodi, Nunan and McCallum, UN-Habitat and DFID, 2002).
Roger Zetter is professor and deputy head of the Department of Planning in the School of Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. His research, teaching and publishing interests are in urban-sector aid policies, housing and environmental policies for low-income urban dwellers, with a particular interest in informal land markets, land tenure and urban land policies, mainly in the context of sub-Saharan Africa and, more recently, in Brazil. He also has extensive research and consultancy experience on refugees, asylum seeking and forced migration. His books include Planning in Cities: Sustainability and Growth in the Developing World (Zetter and White, IT Publications, 2002) and The Reception and Integration of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe: Convergence or Divergence? (Zetter and Griffiths, Macmillan/Palgrave, forthcoming 2005), and he is currently editing Designing Sustainable Cities in the Developing World (Ashgate Publishing) for publication in 2005.