Sean Fox

Sean Fox is a Lecturer in Urban Geography and Global Development at the University of Bristol. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of world urbanization and the political economy of urban development, primarily in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Bristol Sean was a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Economics, where he completed his PhD in the Department of International Development. He is co-author of Cities and Development (Routledge, forthcoming 2016) with Tom Goodfellow and has published research in journals including Environment and Planning C: Government and PolicyJournal of Peace ResearchPopulation and Development Review and World Development.

Content by Sean Fox
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    Estimating GDP growth in Yangon using nightlights data

    We provide estimates of GDP growth in Greater Yangon between 1992 and 2013 by exploiting nightlights data. Subnational estimates were derived by calculating the elasticity of luminosity with respect to GDP for Myanmar as a whole using time series luminosity and GDP data and then converting observed luminosity values for Yangon in GDP by applying the national level...

    18 Aug 2017 | Sean Fox, Enrica Verrucci

  • Blog post

    Neglected drivers of urbanisation in Africa

    The common assumption that rural-to-urban migration is the primary source of rapid urban population growth in Africa is flawed. Natural population increase within urban areas and rural transformation are also important forces. Policies aimed at easing population pressure in urban areas by discouraging migration are therefore unlikely to succeed. Most economists and...

    22 May 2017 | Sean Fox

  • Blog post

    Yangon’s mobility crisis: A governance problem

    A mobility crisis has arisen in Yangon, Myanmar, as growth-induced congestion is slowing travel times for the city’s widely used buses, thereby incentivising car ownership and increasing traffic further. The key cause is poor governance, which manifests itself through fragmented planning, low public infrastructure investment, and a ban on motorcycles and bicycles. Home...

    8 May 2017 | Sean Fox

  • Publication - Project Report

    Tackling Yangon’s mobility crisis: A political economy perspective

    27 Mar 2017 | Sean Fox, David Ney, Enrica Verrucci

  • Project

    The political economy of urban transport in Yangon, Myanmar

    Traffic congestion in Yangon is undermining the city’s economic growth potential. We found that this is the result of a dysfunctional transport system and lack of coordination of transport policy for Yangon. To tackle this, a dedicated transport agency for Greater Yangon should be created, with a mandate to maximise urban mobility. Plans for a Bus Rapid...

    21 Sep 2016 | Sean Fox

  • Blog post

    Part 2: Is population growth good or bad for economic development?

    In our previous post we described the shifting views of economists and demographers regarding the relationship between population growth and economic development. In short, rapid population growth in developing countries was thought to be a problem in the 1950s and 1960s, irrelevant (or even positive) in the 1970s and 1980s, and again an obstacle to robust economic growth...

    11 Dec 2015 | Sean Fox, Tim Dyson

  • Blog post

    Part 1: Is population growth good or bad for economic development?

    This post is the first in a two part series exploring the relationship between population growth and economic development – a relationship that appears to have changed over time. See here for part two Part 1 The relationship between population growth and economic development has been a recurrent theme in economic analysis since at least 1798 when Thomas Malthus...

    3 Dec 2015 | Sean Fox, Tim Dyson