AbdouMaliq Simone

Role/Position: Honorary Professor

Archived Projects

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 Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, visiting professor of sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, honorary professor at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, research associate with the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, and research fellow at the University of Tarumanagara.

 

He is currently a Senior Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

For three decades, AbdouMaliq  has worked with practices of social interchange, technical arrangements, local economy, and the constitution of power relations that affect how heterogeneous cities are lived.  He has worked on remaking municipal systems, training local government personnel, designing collaborative partnerships among technicians, residents, artists, and politicians.

 

The focus of these efforts has to been to build viable institutions capable of engaging with the complexities of life across the so-called “majority world.” His work deals with a multiplicity of propositions and capacities for relationships that remain untapped in popular districts across urban Asia and Africa, even though they are deployed everyday under the rubric of “popular economies.”

 

His present research examine unconventional processes of urbanisation 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. He also explores the effects of globalised generic blackness as an organising instrument of urban life and the kinds of political instruments that are entailed in circumventing racialised control systems.