Devanne Brookins

Devanne Brookins, Princeton Mellon / Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Fellow

Devanne Brookins’ work explores urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research interests are centered at the intersection of governance, institutions, and inequality in African cities. Her research probes how the development and governance of urban land, service provision, and transport contribute to uneven distributional outcomes. This Fall, Brookins will teach "Topics in Policy Analysis: Urban Inequality in the Global South," which examines the emergence and persistence of urban poverty and inequality, focusing on the governance of urban development in the Global South. 

Brookins’ dissertation explored the process of institutional change of the land sector in urban and peri-urban areas in Ghana, emphasizing the role of informal actors. Prior to her doctoral studies, Brookins worked in international development research and program management with organizations such as The Urban Institute and Oxfam America. She has also consulted for the African Development Bank, UN Habitat in the Urban Land, Legislation and Governance Branch and the African Center for Economic Transformation. In addition to her Ph.D. in International Development Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT, Devanne holds dual Masters’ degrees from Columbia University in Urban Planning (GSAPP) and International Affairs (SIPA); and a B.A. in Political Science and French from Wellesley College. Preceding her Princeton fellowship, Brookins was Research Coordinator for the Transforming Urban Transport - The Role of Political Leadership (TUT-POL) Sub-Saharan Africa project at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Brookins’ fellowship was extended to a second year, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Princeton School of Public & International Affairs.