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Overview

My research focuses on understanding urbanization dynamics and processes of cities in the Global South, especially Sub-Saharan Africa, through the application of dynamic urban modelling techniques. In particular, I am interested in making use of advances in urban modelling, such as the application of Agent-Based and Cellular Automata modelling techniques, in exploring the past, present and likely future evolution of cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In recent works, I have explored the evolution, as well as simulated urban growth patterns of Sub-Saharan cities, and examined the implications for urban governance. Also, as part of my PhD work at the University of Cambridge, I have developed, by combining the aforementioned techniques, TI-City (The-Informal City) model, which is a model for simulating urban growth patterns in predominantly informal Sub-Saharan African cities. The model, designed to function as urban decision support tool, has been calibrated for Accra and there are ongoing efforts to extend it to other major Sub-Saharan African cities including Lagos, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Mogadishu.

I am working on two research projects at the University of Bristol. The first project, funded by ESRC and DFID, is on Quantifying Cities for Sustainable Development. The second project, which seeks to develop flood risk and socio-economic vulnerability model for the Central Highlands in Vietnam, is funded by NERC. I am working closely with Dr Sean Fox, Dr Levi Wolf and Dr Jeffery Neal on these projects.

 

Biography

Felix holds a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. As part of his PhD, Felix developed an urban growth model for simulating urban development patterns in predominantly informal Sub-Saharan African cities. Felix holds MPhil degree in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, Felix completed BSc degree in Spatial Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Felix significantly contributed to the formulation of National Spatial Development Framework for Ghana, as well as the Spatial Development Frameworks for the Ashanti region and the Northern Ecological Zone of the West African country.

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