Freetown Project Manager,
Braima Koroma, is a lecturer at the Institute of Geography and Development Studies, School of Environmental Sciences, Njala University and also Director of Research, Training and Knowledge Management at the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC). His key areas of interest are urban livelihoods and the city economy, resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, urban planning and development, environmental management, and development impact evaluation. Braima has over 13 years’ experience of teaching at the BSc and MSc/MA level, research, training and facilitation, and consultancy projects on a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research to examine complex development problems. Noteworthy are the following research initiatives that he leads at the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre - Comic Relief and DFID – Urban Livelihoods and the City Economy (www.slurc.org); ESRC/DFID-funded Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK – https://www.urbanark.org/ ), ESRC -Funded T-SUM: Transitions to Sustainable Urban Mobility, and Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality, (KNOW), an ambitious international research programme funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) RCUK to tackle social and environmental urban inequality.
Braima has worked as environment and development consultant for International organisations, such as The World Bank, African Development Bank (ADB), UN, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and several other international development agencies, and National Government. He also possesses significant in-country consultancy experience in a number of West African countries including Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast. Braima has published extensively, reaching both academic and non-academic audiences. His most recent book chapter (co-authored with Andrea Rigon, Joseph Macarthy and Alexandre Frediani) is “The politics of urban management and planning in African cities” in Eds Tony Binns, Kenneth Lynch and Etienne Nel, The Routledge Handbook of African Development, pp. 415-425, Routledge, New York.