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Analyzing four decades of literature on urban planning studies in Africa (1980–2020)

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Kemajou Armel, Konou Akpedze Akuto, Jaligot Rémi, Chenal Jérôme,
Project African contributions to global health: Circulating knowledge and innovations
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal African Geographical Review
Page(s) 1 - 19
Title of proceedings African Geographical Review
DOI 10.1080/19376812.2020.1844025


African cities remain little known. As a result, they are outside the global intellectual arena on urban issues, which justifies the need for more productive research. This article aims to empirically analyze the evolution of urban planning studies in Africa, by identifying the trends that characterize scientific production, through a systematic literature review over the last four decades. The study is organized around four different analysis: temporal, thematic, methodological, and geographical, based on 268 journal articles. It highlights major trends in the evolution of this literature. The paper finally discusses important challenges and areas of improvement in African cities research.