Patrick Erasto Mlinga

PhD Project Description:
"The Intersection of Planning and Practice in the City: An inquiry from socio-spatial navigation of city dwellers in Unguja Zanzibar."
African cities have recently gained scholarly attention on how they are organized, produced and used. The most notable features have been mobility and flexibility of people and objects. Social practices and public life across urban Africa, are noted with persistent tensions as to what is possible within the city as well as what are the appropriate forms of social connections through which possibilities can be pursued. As part of "Doing the City" project, this PhD research intends to contribute to the body of knowledge that, learning from socio-spatial practices of city dwellers is significant in understanding an African city. In urban Zanzibar, the day-to-day tactics of city dwellers have been overlooked, yet they are significant in understanding the practices of social navigation in an urban space. Given the landscape of the city in Zanzibar, tour guides and taxi drivers are important for understanding the practices of social navigation in the city since they are skillful in navigating people and the urban space due to their respective experiences over time. The guiding questions for this research are, What are the points of convergences and divergences between planning and practice in the context of social navigation? How and when do planning and practice intersect and consequently, what happens after their intersection? And What happens if planning and practice do not intersect at all?


  • 2010 – 2012: Masters in Public Administration and Policy, SungKyunKwan University, Seoul – South Korea.
  • 2006 – 2009: Bachelor of Arts in Statistics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Research Interests:
  • African Urbanism
  • Mobility in African cities
  • Urban Policy and Planning