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About ericrossacademic

Professor of Geography at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

Reflections on a conference on local and urban governance in Praia, Cabo Verde

Once again, I began an academic year by attending a small, focused conference–the best kind–in a fabulous place: Praia, capital of the Republic of Cabo Verde. The conference, organized by the International Geographical Union and the University of Cape Verde, … Continue reading

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Just published: four entries in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies

Wiley-Blackwell has just published its five-volume Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, edited by Anthony Orum. I am happy to have contributed four entries to this work. These contributions allowed me to revisit a few of the key thinkers and … Continue reading

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Accompanying students to Beijing

During the Spring 2019 semester I participated in the latest edition of AUI’s International Field Seminar, accompanying nine students to Beijing. The international Field Seminar is a semester-long undergraduate course that deals with an array of social and cultural issues … Continue reading

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Just published: an encyclopedia entry on the history of cities in Africa

This is just a quick note to announce that the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History has just published a 12,000-word article on the history of cities in Africa that I drafted earlier this year. This was, assuredly, the most … Continue reading

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Just published: a co-authored article on entangled planning in Senegal

Another part of my joint research project with Dr. Liora Bigon has come to term. Following the panel discussion on grid planning that we organized at last September’s Urban Planning in Africa conference in Lisbon, and following our action-packed week … Continue reading

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Notes from the field, January 2018 in Senegal

I have just returned from a week of field work in Senegal. While I have often done field work there, this time was different. First, I was joined by two other researchers for a team excursion. My two companions de … Continue reading

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An emotional day for me at IFAN-CAD in Dakar

I’m in Dakar this week, on the first leg of a field excursion through Senegal. Today I gave a presentation at the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire-Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal’s premier research institute affiliated to Université Cheikh Anta Diop. The presentation … Continue reading

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