Dr Mary Lawhon

Funding period: 1 January 2014 – 1 October 2014
Type of funding: International Fellowship

Dr Mary Lawhon is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. Mary is a geographer and political ecologist with an empirical focus on urban environmental politics and processes in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are currently pursuing two grant-funded empirical projects. The first examines the changing dynamics in the South African wastescape, including the impact of technology, formalization, and finance on waste livelihoods. The second explores heterogeneous infrastructures of waste and sanitation in urban Uganda. They are also working on a series of manuscripts articulating the southern urban critique, a theoretical intervention that calls for re-thinking urban theory from and through cities in the global south.

Profile | marylawhon@ou.edu | @drmarylawhon

Fellowship Publications

Lawhon, M. (2020). Making Urban Theory : Learning and Unlearning through Southern Cities. Routledge Research on Decoloniality and New Postcolonialisms, 1st ed. Routledge.
Lawhon, M., & Truelove, Y. (2019). ‘Disambiguating the southern urban critique: Propositions, pathways and possibilities for a more global urban studies’, Urban Studies, 0042098019829412. DOI: 10.1177/0042098019829412
Lawhon, M., Pierce, J., & Bouwer, R. (2018). ‘Scale and the construction of environmental imaginaries in local news’, South African Geographical Journal, 100/1: 1–21. DOI: 10.1080/03736245.2016.1231626
Pierce, J., & Lawhon, M. (2015). ‘Walking as Method: Toward Methodological Forthrightness and Comparability in Urban Geographical Research’, The Professional Geographer, 67/4: 1–8. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1059401