Researcher in Economics
University of Oxford
My research focuses on documenting the rapidly changing patterns of urbanisation over recent decades, and understanding how policy, firms and people have interacted to create the urban areas we see today. In particular, my recent work has included the development of a computable spatial general equilibrium model which can be applied to cities in a developing country context to analyse the impacts of urban regulations, policies, and infrastructure investments. Applications of this work have led to a large study on the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, financed and published by the World Bank, and studies on land tenure and transport in Kampala, Uganda.
Other recent research includes: a study on firm location choice in in urban Uganda, and how clusters have evolved over time; analysis on the determinants and degree of urban sprawl and the impacts of this sprawl for cities in terms of their livability and productivity; and work on understanding residential location choice in Nairobi, Kenya, and living conditions in the city's slums. I am also studying the role of transport on spatial development of regions and countries, with a focus on highways in Brazil, and the development of a CSGE model to study the potential within country impacts of the Belt Road Initiative in Central Asia.