Abdul Alim Habib Ph. D.
My scholarly work sits between globalization and urbanization, with specific focus on urban (spatial) development and governance in Africa, mostly Ghana’s capital Accra. Flowing from my PhD Dissertation, and using the lens of critical political economy, my research primarily looks at two sides of the same globalization-induced processes. On the one hand is the ‘global-city’ vision and agenda of state actors to situate the city within the circuit of global capital flows; and, on the other hand, the everyday struggles of the marginalized groups to resist/overcome the displacements (economic dispossessions, social dislocations, and spatial interdictions) that such vision and agenda often engender. In one of my studies, for example, I try to reveal the link between the widespread, state-led forced evictions in Accra and the growing entrepreneurial impulses of city officials, as an extension of a long history of urban-focused modernisation project of the postcolonial state. More recently, I have expanded the geographical and epistemological scope of my research by undertaking a comparative urban research that explore how social constructions of ‘race’ and ethnicity are implicated in neoliberal forms of urban restructuring in the context of the global south. In my classes, I encourage students to pay particular attention to the broader systems, structures, and processes that influence/shape local dynamics. Themes that I cover in my classes and research include globalization, colonialism, political economy, neoliberalism, urban governance, governmentality, diaspora, youth, and social justice.
B.A., Geography and Resource Development
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Mullings, B. and Habib, A.A (2017) “Urban Governance, Ethnicity, Race, and Youth” In A. L. Bain and L. Peake (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press. pp. 295-308
- Habib, A.A (2016) “Floods, deaths, and bulldozers: exploring ‘disaster governmentality’ in post-June-3rd-disaster Accra, Ghana” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Conference, San Francisco, 28 March to 2 April 2016.
- Habib, A.A (2016) “Rethinking rural-urban nexus in Africa: evidence from Ghana” Paper presented at “Rural-Urban Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa” Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 25-28 January 2016.
- Habib, A.A. (2014): ‘Modernizing the Informal City: Neoliberalism and Urban Transformation in Accra, Ghana.”–Unpublished PhD Dissertation –Queen’s University
- Habib, A.A (2012) “Mission to Modernize Accra: Matters Arising” Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Conference, New York, 24-28 February 2012.
- Habib, A.A. (2007): “Exploring the Impact of the Structural Adjustment Programs on Waste Management in Accra, Ghana.” Unpublished MA Dissertation –York University.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- GS101 – Introduction to Global Studies 1: Political Economy
- GS 262 - Globalization and the African Diaspora