Shahadat Hossain

Shahadat Hossain's research and teaching examine power and politics in planning and urban citizenship practices in the Global South. More specifically, he is interested in urban informality, urban poverty, inequality, spatial (in)justice, and ethnographic approaches to urban (planning) research. His research explores the relations between citizenship claims and regulations, the translation of (western) planning ideals into planning institutions and practices in the South, and the global/local contestations that now define our cities. Within the past eight years, Hossain has completed several research projects in Tanzania, Ghana, and Bangladesh, and cooperated with a large body of researchers from Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has taught in several universities in Germany, Iraq, and Bangladesh. He also worked in development organization and in planning consultancy.

Hossain received a B.A. in urban and regional planning from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2003), a M.A. in development management from the Ruhr University Bochum (2006), and a Ph.D. in spatial planning from the University of Technology Dortmund (2012).

Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 1101 The Global CityThis course introduces students to contemporary urbanization processes, patterns and trends with a focus on cities of the Global South. It examines the demographic, economic and historical processes that create cities. Attention is given to the role of the state, market, non-governmental actors and communities in shaping cities. The course investigates the most pressing problems facing cities. Possible topics may include poverty and inequality, access to shelter and infrastructure, and environmental degradation.
  • CRP 6720 International InstitutionsThe course introduces students to the theory and practice of international development planning from an institutional perspective. It begins with an introduction to the field and provides a historical, institutional and theoretical overview. The course examines the main actors involved in the practice of international development planning: the public sector, civil society and NGOs, community-based organizations and the private sector. It critically analyzes some of the large international institutions engaged in planning, policy and global governance. These institutions are analyzed in the context of an issue that is central to their core mission. The last section of the course critically examines new configurations, forces for change and challenges to how we conceptualize as well as practice international development planning, including migration, transnationalism, social movements, post-democracy and anarchism. 

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Winner of the Research Excellence Award 2012, School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund, Germany
  • DAAD scholarship 2004–06, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "Who told them to decide for us, instead of us deciding ourselves? Space and Territorialisation in the Kigamboni New City Project," in SPP1448 Thematic Conference, Saly, Senegal (2014)
  • "Infrastructure ideals and realities in African cities," on the panel titled "Infrastructure and imagination: Anthropocene landscapes, urban deep-ecology, cybernetic dreams and future-archeology," 13th EASA Biennial Conference: "Collaboration, Intimacy and Revolution — Innovation and Continuity in an Interconnected World,"  with Scholz, W., and Baumgart, S., Tallinn, Estonia (2014)
  • "Land grabbing, land transformation and the spatiality of power," International Development Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2014)
  • "Power, planning, megacities," Department of Urban Regeneration, Kassel University, Kassel, Germany (2014)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Informality, Urban Governance and the State: Negotiations of Space in Dhaka and the Pearl River Delta, International Development Planning Review," with Hackenbroch, K., Hossain, S., Altrock, U., Schoon, S., Sterly, H. (2016): 38(3), 230-253. 
  • "The cake that is (not) shared: On the predicament of inequality in ethnographic research," in "Notes from Within and Without — Research Permits between Requirements and 'Realities," U. Engel, C. Gebauer, and A. Hüncke (editors), with O. Klimm, Leipzig: Centre for Area Studies (2015)
  • "Who told them to decide for us, instead of us deciding ourselves?," Space and Territorialisation in the Kigamboni New City Project. In: C. Gebauer (ed.) Space and the Production of Order and Disorder, Leipzig: Centre for Area Studies (2015): 10-15
  • "Translation of Urban Planning Models: Planning Principles, Procedural Elements and Institutional Settings", with Scholz, W., and Baumgart, S., Habitat International, 48 (2015): 140-148