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Diana Mitlin is Professor of Global Urbanism in the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester and also Principal Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development. From 2015 to 2019 she was Managing Director of the Global Development Institute.

Her work focuses on urban poverty and inequality including urban poverty reduction programmes and the contribution of collective action by low-income and otherwise disadvantaged groups. She has had a particular research focus on issues of urban basic services, tenure and housing. And has worked studied urban social movements and their strategies of confrontation and collaboration with state agencies. She is currently coordinating a research and learning network to scale up participatory planning funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Manchester