The idea of TUKN

The TUKN is a global network of urban researchers who participated in three different World Social Science Fellows’ seminars during the period March 2013 to September 2015. The three meetings took place in Quito, Taipei and Durban on 25-30 March 2013; 2-8 November 2014; and 9-13 September 2015 respectively, and were organized by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The participants in these seminars were selected from a large group of applicants. What they have in common is a research career within a University or non-university institution. TUKN researchers are engaged in urban research across a wide range of fields and share a commitment to conducting applied critical research that generates alternatives to business-as-usual approaches to urban development and governance. The TUKN members collaborate on joint projects, such as the publication of the Untamed Urbanisms book and are interested in bidding for large-scale grants for collaborative research and joining with other consortia where appropriate.

International Social Science Council

The International Social Science Council (ISSC), a membership-based non-governmental organization, is the primary global body representing the social sciences, including economic and behavioural sciences. Its mission is to strengthen social science to help solve global priority problems. Through its members and programmes, the ISSC reaches hundreds of thousands of individual social scientists working across a wide range of disciplines and representing all parts of the world. For more information on the ISSC, visit

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Buyana Kareem

Affiliation: Visiting scholar, Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch University.
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Jorge Sequera

Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid
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