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Stephen Marr
Senior Lecturer

Stephen Marr is a senior lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies.
I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2008, specializing in Comparative Politics, Political Theory and African Studies. My dissertation examined the relationship between formal, state-led urban planning techniques and the everyday uses of space in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana.

Currently, I am at work on a number of long-term comparative urban studies projects that seek to place African-focused approaches to urban theory at the center of a rethinking of contemporary urban theory. One of these is an ongoing book project entitled, "Social Infrastructure and the Politics of Everyday Insecurity in Lagos and Detroit: Rethinking Urbanity in a Time of Crisis." The second, "The Practice and Politics of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation at the Urban Margins," was recently awarded funding by Formas for three years (2018-2020). The project brings together researchers in Detroit, Malmö, Lilongwe, Lusaka, and Maputo to investigate how the urban poor deal with climate change under conditions of uneven state presence and capacity. Other institutional partners for this research include the Nordic Africa Institute and the Malawi University of Science and Technology. In pursuit of this research agenda, in December 2017 I co-organized a research and practitioner workshop held in Abuja, Nigeria on the theme, "The Practice and Politics of DIY Urbanism in African Cities."

Other teaching and research interests include: the politics of globalization, urban studies, African politics, theories of popular culture, critical theory, and cultural studies.

Prior to coming to Malmö, I taught at Monmouth University, Haverford College, and Linnaeus University. Previously I have held research affiliations at the University of Gothenburg's Centre for Globalization and Development, and the University of Toronto's Cites Centre. In 2016 I was appointed Associate Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.

Research programme

Institute for Urban Research pil show

Research platforms

Collaborative Future Making pil show

Contact details
Visiting address: Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Niagara,
Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
Delivery address:71

  • Publications

  • Selected publications from Malmö University Electronic Publishing.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
    Marr, Stephen (2016) "Worlding and wilding : Lagos and Detroit as global cities" Race & Class;4, 3-21, Sage, ISSN 0306-3968, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Marr, Stephen (2012) "‘They Treat Us Like Dogs’ : Demographic Claustrophobia and the Zimbabwean Struggle for Space on the Streets of Gaborone, Botswana" African Historical Review;1, 80-108, Routledge, ISSN 1753-2523, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Marr, Stephen (2012) "“If you are with ten, only two will be Batswana” : nation-making and the public discourse of paranoia in Botswana" Canadian Journal of African Studies/La Revue canadienne des études africaines;1, 65-86, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 0008-3968, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Chapters in Monographs
    Silander, Daniel, Wallace, Don (red./ed.) | Marr, Stephen (2015) Contextualizing Conflict : Trends and Challenges in the Syrian Civil War. International Organizations and the Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect : The humanitarian crisis in Syria, Routledge, 37-53, ISBN 978-1-138-89126-5, 978-1-315-70964-2,
  • Other tasks and merits

  • PhD, Political Science, University of Florida (2008)

    Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto (Cities Centre, Winter 2012)

    Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg’s Centre of Globalization and Development (Winter 2011)

    Visiting Dissertation Scholar in Residence through the Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity (Monmouth University, 2006-2007)

    Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship for fieldwork conducted in Gaborone, Botswana (2004-2005)

    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the study of Swahili (University of Florida, 1999-2002)

    Associate Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (2016-present)

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  Malmö universitet  
205 06 Malmö
  , rum Niagara,, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö

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Stephen Marr