City and Regional Planning

Charisma Acey

Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:00pm
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Please join us on Thursday, April 8th at 6pm for a City Planning lecture on "Countering Infrastructural Violence: Grassroots Innovations in African Cities".  Dr. Acey will discuss how vulnerable communities are taking on grassroots responses and innovations to discriminatory policies or neglect.  The lecture will focus on how infrastructure, as a mechanism through which the state organizes society that connects people with each other and the environment, becomes a site of marginalization or oppression, yet also offers a pathway for distributing the resources and benefits of society more equitably.  

Charisma Acey is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on local and regional environmental sustainability, with a focus on poverty reduction, urban governance, environmental justice, food justice and access to basic services. She has worked across countries in Africa and Latin America managing international humanitarian relief and development programs. Recent and ongoing research includes fieldwork in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda exploring access to basic services such as water and sanitation, and sustainable household scale alternative energy solutions. She also has worked on urban agriculture and food justice initiatives in the San Francisco East Bay and Columbus, Ohio. For over 20 years, Charisma has partnered with communities, non-profits, local governments, academia and industry to develop interventions that improve equitable social and environmental outcomes.


If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.