Graeme Young

Research Fellow


Graeme Young is a research associate at the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods at the University of Glasgow specializing in development theory and the political economy of development. He received his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2018.

Graeme’s research focuses on the politics of informal economic activity and explores how political processes, economic institutions, legal and regulatory systems, and urban development projects shape informality in cities in the Global South; how the urban poor experience and respond to state power as they engage in the informal economy as a means of livelihood support; and what the relationship between the informal economy and the state reveals about the political economy of development more generally. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Uganda and South Africa and held positions at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law.

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