Eric Kasper - Research Fellow
Eric Kasper is a Research Fellow at IDS in the Cities and Participation Clusters. His research brings together participatory social network analysis, systemic action research, complex adaptive systems, and community organizing practice to explore the ways relational structures and social dynamics of people living in urban poverty impact their ability to act collectively as agents of change.
For his PhD research he spent a year working closely with NGO partners and residents of informal settlements in Raipur, India. More recently, he has contributed to research projects on urban climate change resilience with ODI, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, and UNISDR. Prior to beginning his PhD, Eric completed a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He has been a community organizer, an independent quantitative analysis consultant, and manager of a non-profit English teaching program. He was also a lecturer of statistics and political economy at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Market Systems Development in the Cities of Rapidly Urbanising Countries
The aim of this paper is to offer guidelines for those in the market systems community interested in working in urban settings, by exploring the key features that makes cities unique and the implications these features have for programmes using a market systems approach. More details
Inclusive Urbanisation and Cities in the Twenty-First CenturyIDS Evidence Report 220 (2017)
In academic and policy discourse, urbanisation and cities are currently receiving a great deal of attention, and rightly so. Both have been central to the enormous transformation the world has been going through during the past few centuries. More details
Approaching Markets in Rapidly Growing Cities20 Jul 2017
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales, Gordon McGranahan, Eric Kasper