Richard J. Grant, Ph.D.
(University of Colorado, 1991)


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Richard Grant, Ph.D. Colorado is Professor of Geography, and Urban Studies Director at the University of Miami.  He is an urban economic geographer who works mainly on Africa. His most recent book is Africa: Geographies of Change, 2014, Oxford University Press. He is also the author of Globalizing City: the Urban and Economic Transformation of Accra, Ghana, 2009, Syracuse University Press.  His current research focuses mainly in the cities of Accra, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Miami. His projects focus on electronic waste, xenophobia, immigrant entrepreneurship, creative urban spaces, slum economies and sustainable urban development. He regularly blogs on African issues and transformations at He teaches study abroad courses in South Africa in spring and summer sessions.



R. Grant. Africa: Geographies of Change. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.

R. Grant. Globalizing City. The Urban and Economic Transformation of Accra, Ghana.
             Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 2009.


R. Grant and D. Thompson “City on Edge: Immigrant Businesses and the Right to Urban Space in Inner-City Johannesburg.” (published online 22 Dec 2014 DOI:10.1080/02723638.2014.988057

R. Grant “Sustainable African Urban Futures: Stocktaking and Critical Reflections on
Proposed Urban Projects.” American Behavioral Scientist (in press 2014).

R. Grant “Cities 2030: Introduction to Special Issue on Urban Futures.” American Behavioral Scientist (in press 2014).

R. Grant and D. Thompson “The Development Complex, Rural Economy and Urban-Spatial and Economic Development in Juba, South Sudan.” Local Economy 2013 28 (3) 218-230.

R. Grant “Gendered Spaces of Informal Entrepreneurship in Soweto, South Africa.” Urban Geography 2013 34 (1) 1-20.

J. Malera, R. Grant, M.  Oteng-Ababio and B. Ayele “Downgrading – an Overlooked Reality in African cities. Reflections on an Indigenous Neighborhood in Accra,” Ghana. Applied Geography 201336 (1) 23-30.

R. Grant and M. Oteng-Ababio 2012. “Mapping the Invisible and Real “African” Economy:  Mapping E-Waste Circuitry.” Urban Geography 2012 33 (1) 1-21.

R. Grant. “Working it Out! Labour Geographies of Poor in Soweto, South Africa." Development Southern Africa 2010, 25, 595-612.

  • GEG 362 World Urban Geography
  • GEG 522 Urbanization of the Developing World