Ricardo Cardoso's (PhD City and Regional Planning '15) doctoral disseration The Crude Urban Revolution: Land Markets, Planning Forms and the Making of New Luanda has been awarded the Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation on International Planning.
Exhibiting what the award committee considered to be “innovative, challenging, creative and poetic scholarship,” Ricardo’s dissertation explores critical intersections between crude oil resources, urban planning institutions and city form in Luanda, Angola. The committee was particularly impressed by “the depth of his ethnographic fieldwork and archival research.” They highlighted in their comments the ways in which Ricardo provides an account of under-researched themes that “goes far beyond, and challenges” some of the most common ways of looking at “resource-rich-yet-poor nations in post-colonial settings.” They also commended the complexity of his institutional analysis, his theoretical and ethical insights, his innovative scholarship, and the quality of his writing.
The City and Regional Planning Department is proud of our scholars. Congratulations Ricardo on this acknowledgement of your important work.