George Neville holds a Ph.D in Environment, Energy and Resilience from Royal Holloway, University of London; a master’s in Environment and Development from King’s College London; as well as a bachelor’s in Human Geography from the University of Reading. His research focuses on situating sensitive international development issues, specifically those that necessitate an engagement with hidden populations and informal practices, against a wider policy backdrop. His projects to date have taken place in urban settings within low-income and often fragile environments in sub-Saharan Africa, namely Accra, Maputo and Addis Ababa. Each had a fundamental outcome of challenging existing theories or negative stereotypes regarding unregulated groups and activities, instead highlighting their dynamism, complexity and significant contribution to the sustainability of their respective cities.
My postdoctoral research focuses on the transformative potential of migration to the sustainability of individual everyday life and the recipient city. While my responsibilities and fieldwork predominantly relate to mobile populations in the Mozambican context, they also fall within the purview of an interdisciplinary social-science led research consortium and broader project called ‘MISTY'. The key goal of this is to draw on urban cases from Mozambique, Ghana, Bangladesh, Belgium, The Netherlands, and the United States to expand our knowledge of transformations to sustainability by incorporating migration dynamics. It will also allow us to understand how notions of identity, place attachment and citizenship develop throughout the life course of a migrant, and integrate them into existing urban planning frameworks.
Previously, my Ph.D research sought to situate informal water provision and domestic water strategies within the policy complexities of water-insecure Addis Ababa, in partnership with the international NGO WaterAid. The central goals were to understand the profiles, strategic operations, and significance of illicit vendors on everyday life in the target communities, and in turn the extent to which low-income households depend on these actors in order to administer sustainable water practices. Contrary to its ‘alternative’ stereotype, the study found that water informality is engrained within Ethiopian society and that harnessing its potential in a landscape of increasing urbanisation and climate uncertainty is key to upholding the marginal sustainability of the city.
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