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2010 Past - March Towards Democracy

Obeng-Odoom Franklin

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Update December 2016

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New Book: Reconstructing Urban Economics
Towards a Political Economy of the Built Environment
A substantial and much-needed contribution to urban economics, providing both a critique of the mainstream and a compass for alternatives.


July, 2015

Franklin Obeng-Odoom was elected into the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences last month. He became the youngest fellow of all the 100 or so current fellows and certainly one of the youngest to have been elected a fellow since the academy was established in 1959. The first of its kind in postcolonial Africa, fellowship to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences is highly prestigious. Other fellows are the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. 

January, 2015

Franklin Obeng-Odoom, author of Oiling the Urban Economy, discusses his recently published book and the implications of transnational oil and property rights.  

June, 2014

A new book published by Franklin Obeng-Odoom, on the making of an oil city in Africa: 

Oiling the Urban Economy  - Land, Labour, Capital, and the State in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana


Title of Research:

"The Tensions and Contradictions in Rapid Urbanization in Ghana: Implications for Urban Governance"

Franklin Obeng-Odoom is the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of the Built Environment and a member of the Asia Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights at the University of Technology, Sydney(UTS).

His doctoral work was supervised by Frank Stilwell [] Australia's first full professor of political economy and well known public intellectual.

Franklin's research interests are in political economy of natural resources(especially water, oil, and land), political economy of cities, and political economy of development. His current work at UTS is in agrarian political economy, looking at inherited, imposed, and directed transformations in land and property rights, food security and economic development, as well as their spatial and temporal dynamics.

Among the journals in which his research has appeared are Review of African Political Economy, The Review of Black Political Economy, and Review of Social Economy.

Franklin is Associate Editor of African Review of Economics and Finance and Journal of Sustainable Development, and the Book Review Editor of Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies. He serves on the editorial board of Urban Challenge (Urbani Izziv).

In January 2013, he was appointed by the International Social Science Council as a World Social Science Fellow [] for work on sustainable urbanisation. In 2010, he was named a Dan David Prize Scholar [] for 'innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms the field of March Towards Democracy'. Franklin is the author of the book, Governance for Pro-Poor Urban Development: Lessons from Ghana (Routledge, 2013) [].

More about his work can be found on his personal website at