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Dr Philipp Horn

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Research Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Development
  • philipp.horn

Professional biography

Philipp Horn joined the Faculty of Social Sciences as Research Associate in February 2016. Prior to joining The Open University, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Manchester’s Global Urban Research Centre and the Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute.


  • BA Politics and Economics, University of Mannheim
  • MA Development Studies, University of Manchester
  • PhD Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester

Professional affiliations

  • Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester's Global Urban Research Centre
  • Fellow of the Royal Geography Society (RGS)
  • Member of the Development Studies Association (DSA)
  • Member of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)
  • Member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Young Academics Network
  • Member of the Network Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South


Research interests

My research interests include rights-based approaches to urban development, indigenous politics, social movements, urban theory, and models of plurinational citizenship. Theoretically, my research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from geography approaches on comparative urbanism and the right to the city, development theories on asset accumulation, and political science and sociological approaches on citizenship, identity formation, social actors, and collective action. My recent work has critically examined the role of indigeneity in urban policies and planning in a context of constitutional changes that have taken place in the Latin American countries of Bolivia and Ecuador. In particular I am interested in exploring conflicts around indigenous territorial rights and human rights for shelter and property in peri-urban areas in Bolivia’s and Ecuador’s capital cities La Paz and Quito. I have also conducted collaborative research on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and asset accumulation and international migration. I have also been involved in a variety of international research projects, namely on ‘Understanding the Tipping Point of Urban Conflict: Violence, Cities, and Poverty in the Developing World’ (DFID/ ESRC), ‘Asset Planning in Cities of the Global South’ (Ford Foundation), and ‘Latin American Perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ (SIID/ ESRC).

Selected recent blogs

(Nov 2016) The new urban agenda can strengthen land policies - with some caution, Citiscope

(July 2016) Earthquake reveals the problems with Ecuador's famous 'good life' policy, The Conversation

(June 2016) Ecuador's earthquake: Reconstruction for or with the people?, IKD Disputed Landscapes

Recent publications

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

Horn, P. (2017). 'From Recognition to Implementation of Ethno-Racial Justice: Contradictory Urban Indigenous Politics in Bolivia' International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (Spotlight On: Race, Justice, and the City). 

Horn, P. (2017). 'Indigenous peoples, the city and inclusive urban development policies in Latin America: Lessons from Bolivia and Ecuador.' Development Policy Review. DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12234

Horn, P. (2014). ‘Book review:  Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Development’ Journal of Development Studies 50(11): 1588-90.

Moser, C. and Horn, P. (2013).‘Does economic crisis always harm international migrants? Longitudinal evidence from Ecuadorians in Barcelona’, International Migration 53(2): 274-90

Stein, A. and Horn, P. (2012).‘Asset Accumulation: Analternative approach to achieving the Millennium Development Goals’, Development Policy Review 30(6): 663-80.


Horn, P. (2015) Indigeneity, constitutional changes, and urban policies: Conflicting realities in La Paz, Bolivia and Quito, Ecuador. School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester.

Working Papers

Horn, P., Stein, A., Moser, C. (2011).‘MDGs and assets’,Global Urban Research Centre Briefing Paper 1, Manchester, University of Manchester.

Moser, C. and Horn, P. (2011). ‘Understanding the tipping points of urban violence: Conceptual framework’, Urban Tipping Point Working Paper 1, Manchester, University of Manchester.

Nolte, D. and Horn, P. (2009). ‘Constitutional populism and constitutional change in Latin America [Verfassungspopulismus und Verfassungswandel in Lateinamerika]’, Giga Focus 2/2009, Hamburg,GIGA.



Indigenous peoples, the city and inclusive urban development policies in Latin America: Lessons from Bolivia and Ecuador (2017)
Horn, Philipp
Development Policy Review ((Early Access))
From Recognition to Implementation of Ethno-racial Justice: Contradictory Urban Indigenous Politics in Bolivia (2017)
Horn, Philipp
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Does Economic Crisis Always Harm International Migrants? Longitudinal Evidence from Ecuadorians in Barcelona (2015-03-03)
Moser, C.O.N. and Horn, Philipp
International Migration, 53(2) (pp. 274-290)
Book Review: Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Development (edited by Gillete H. Hall & Harry Anthony Perkins) (2014)
Horn, Philipp
Journal of Development Studies, 50(11) (pp. 1588-1590)
Asset Accumulation: An Alternative Approach to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (2012-10-12)
Stein, Alfredo and Horn, Philipp
Development Policy Review, 30(6) (pp. 663-680)
Verfassungspopulismus und Verfassungswandel in Lateinamerika (2009)
Horn, Philipp and Nolte, Detlef
GIGA Focus Lateinamerika(2)
MDGs and assets (2011)
Horn, Philipp; Stein, Alfredo and Moser, Caroline
Global Urban Research Centre, Briefing Paper 1, The University of Manchester

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