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Jacqueline M Klopp

Research Scholar, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Climate School, Columbia University

Jacqueline Klopp is an Research Scholar and Director at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at teh Climate School at Columbia University, Previously, she taught the politics of development at the School of International and Public Affairs for many years. A political scientist by training, her work focuses on the political processes around land-use, transportation, violence, displacement and planning in African cities. Klopp is the author of articles for Africa Today, African Studies Review, African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Comparative Politics, Forced Migration Review, Urban Forum, World Policy Review among others.

Recently, she has been experimenting with creative urban mapping projects for both analysis and advocacy and is a founding member of the DigitalMatatus consortium which has produced the first open transit data and public transit map for Nairobi's quasi-formal "matatu" transit system. She helped start the blogs CairofromBelow and to provide more grounded and open urban information to citizens. She is also a founder and Board member of the Internal Displacement Policy and Advocacy Center (IDPAC) based in Nakuru, Kenya. She is currently writing a book on the politics of planning in Nairobi.

Klopp received her B.A. from Harvard University in Physics and her Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.


  • –present
    Associate Research Scholar , Columbia University