Keynote Speakers


Solly Angel, New York University, U.S.A

The New Urban Periphery, 1990-2015: Findings form a Global Sample of Cities

Shlomo (Solly) Angel is a Professor of City Planning and Director of the NYU Urban Expansion Program at the Marron Institute of Urban Management and the Stern School of Business at New York University. Shlomo holds an architecture degree and a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and articles including A Pattern Language (1977), Housing Policy Matters (2000), Planet of Cities (2012) and Atlas of Urban Expansion—2016 Edition (2016).


Roger Keil, York University, Canada

After Suburbia: Peripheral notes on urban theory

Roger Keil researches global suburbanism, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance. Among his recent publications are the forthcoming Suburban Governance: A Global View (ed. with Pierre Hamel; UTP 2015), Suburban Constellations (Jovis, 2013) The Global Cities Reader (ed. with Neil Brenner; Routledge, 2006); Networked Disease: Emerging Infections and the Global City (ed. with S.Harris Ali; Wiley-Blackwell, 2008); Changing Toronto: Governing the Neoliberal City (with Julie-Anne Boudreau and Douglas Young; UTP 2009); Leviathan Undone? The Political Economy of Scale (ed. with Rianne Mahon, UBC Press 2009), and In-Between Infrastructure (ed. with Patricia Burke Wood and Douglas Young; Praxis(e)Press 2011). Keil is a co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA) and previous director of the CITY Institute. He is the Principal Investigator of the MCRI project on Global Suburbanisms at CITY (2010-17).


Crystal Legacy, University of Melbourne, Australia

Infrastructure planning in the (sub)urban age

Crystal is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia and the former recipient of the Australian Research Council Early Career Discovery Fellowship and the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (RMIT University).  Crystal’s research focuses on questions of urban conflict, the post-political city, and citizen participation while her current research examines the politics of urban transportation planning. This research has a specific focus on the role of the citizen in contested transport processes in Australian and Canadian cities. Crystal has published in international journals and her current research is the focus of a forthcoming book titled Urban Transport Politics: Citizen engagement and contested transport futures. Crystal is also the co-editor of Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s safety and the right to the city (Routledge, 2013) and of Instruments of Planning: Tensions and Challenge for more Equitable and Sustainable Cities (Routledge, 2016).


Roberto Luís de Melo Monte-Mór, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Extended Urbanization, Urban Utopias and Other Economies

Roberto Monte-Mór, Architect and planner from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, got his Master's at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Professor in the graduate program in Economics at Cedeplar – Center for Regional Development and Planning, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He coordinates the Metropolitan Plan of Belo Horizonte and its unfolding programs since 2009, and also coordinates the Center for Indian Studies, at UFMG. His researches and publications are mostly about urbanization and development in Brazil and in Amazonia.


Jennifer Robinson, University College London, UK

Some effects of comparing “suburbs”: Methodological and conceptual innovations

Jennifer Robinson is Professor of Human Geography at University College London. She has also worked at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, the LSE (London) and the Open University. Her book, Ordinary Cities (Routledge, 2006), developed a post-colonial critique of urban studies, arguing for urban theorizing which draws on the experiences of a wider range of cities around the globe. This project has been taken forward in her call to reinvent comparative urbanism for global urban studies, which is mentioned in her article, Cities in a world of cities, in IJURR, in Thinking Cities through Elsewhere, in Progress in Human Geography, and in a forthcoming book with Sage, Comparative Urbanism: Tactics for Global Urban Studies. Current projects include exploring transnational aspects of Johannesburg and London's policy making processes, and collaborative and community-based research comparing governance of large scale urban developments in London, Johannesburg and Shanghai (with Phil Harrison and Fulong Wu). She has also published extensively on the history and contemporary politics of South African cities, including The Power of Apartheid (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996).


Kenate Worku Tabor, Jimma University Ethiopia

Demystifying Governance Problems in Suburbs of Cities in Africa: the case of Addis Ababa city, Ethiopia

Kenate Worku is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities in Jimma University, Ethiopia. He completed his PhD in Geography with focus on Urban and Regional Planning at Osmania University in India. Kenate founded two Master’s programs in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies - MSc Program in GIS and RS and MA Program in Urban and Regional Development Planning. He currently works as an advisor to the city of Jimma, and has 16 years of teaching, research, community service, and administration experience. His research interests in urban studies include developments in the suburban areas.