AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist with an abiding interest in the spatial and social compositions of urban regions. He is a research associate at the Max Planck. Website of AbdouMaliq Simone, Professor of Sociology and Urbanism, containing synopsis of professional background, current research and intervention. Initial results are documented in Pieterse, Edgar and AbdouMaliq Simone (June ) New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times. London; New York.

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Cities of the global south are experiencing substantial changes in forms of collective life. Urban Practices and Political Islam in Sudan.

AbdouMaliq Simone | Urban Institute – The University of Sheffield

This an urban life that is more than its multiple manifestations, that exceeds any definitive attempt to pin it down, and that simons remains something specific, and not simply a potential-making machine. Particular emphasis placed on the modalities through which social heterogeneity is reconstituted in new built environments and governance arrangements.

Comprehensive publications list available here. First phase outcomes of the work, focusing methodologically on how everyday life and macrostructural changes can be considered simultaneously, elaborates how adaptive urban agendas—focusing on infrastructural change—can build cross-class, cross-sectoral coalitions capable of shaping urbanization processes across these regions in more sustainable and just ways.


Space and Culture Urban Life in Four African Cities. A World of Cities: University of Chicago Press.

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Urbanizing the Postcolony in Africa and Southeast Asia. Urban Theory Beyond ‘the West’. The Architecture of the National Insecurity State. In Michael Sorkin ed. Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age. For the City Yet to Come: His present research examine unconventional processes of urbanization across extended urban regions in South and Southeast Asia, exploring particularly the kinds of analytical and governance frameworks necessary to address the disparate conjunctions of landscapes, aspirations, and economies prevalent in these regions.

City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: In Ray Hutchison and Bruce Haynes eds. The new forms that are emerging in their place are unexpected, inspiring and disturbing in their attempts to manage both the seemingly intractable problems of metropolitan areas from high levels of inequality to the messiness of everyday life, as well as navigate significant economic, political and demographic changes. Home Current Projects Publications.

AbdouMaliq Simone, Professor of Sociolgy and Urbanism, Goldsmiths College

London; New York Sage. How does it enable engagement with all the layers of physical and cultural memory that new regimes usually attempt to cover-up?


The project investigates these changes and the emergent politics and forms of collective life agdoumaliq engaging with the everyday of five cities: As an urbanist he has carried out research on African cities and more recently on South-east Asian cities.

Changing Contours of Survival in the Cityed. The Happening of the Social. Changing Contours of Survival in the City.

University of Chicago Press, He adoumaliq his pan-African experience working with NGOs, municipal government and community upgrading projects together with research on urban culture, policy, international relations and critical theory.

He brings to the Urban Institute a long background working in urban areas of Africa, South and Southeast Asia, with a particular interest in the everyday lives of Muslim working class residents. AbdouMaliq Simone abdoumaliqsimone gmail.

Theory, Culture and Society In the Life of Cities: Remaking District Life in Jakarta.