Diana Mitlin, Jhono Bennett, Philipp Horn, Sophie King, Jack Makau and George Masimba Nyama

Diana Mitlin (pictured) is professor of global urbanism in the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. Jhono Bennett is a socio-technical architectural urbanist based in Johannesburg, and co-director of the social enterprise 1to1. Philipp Horn is a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. Sophie King is a research fellow for the Realising Just Cities program at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield. Jack Makau is director of Slum Dwellers International in Kenya. George Masimba Nyama is programme coordinator at Dialogue on Shelter in Zimbabwe.

Bridging the Divide Between Academics and Movements

For academic researchers working with social movements and activist groups can present unique challenges. Finding ways to work effectively together, whilst acknowledging differences in power and objectives, is often problematic. Drawing on perspectives from different social movements and academia, Diana Mitlin, Jhono Bennett, Philipp Horn, Sophie King, Jack Makau and George Masimba Nyama present insights from the Slum/Shack Dwellers International movement on how academics can successfully co-produce useful knowledge for social movements.

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