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Kibera in Nairobi

 Peer Reviewed Publications  (Select)
Professional Reports (Recent)

Fatmah Behbehani, Ellen M. Bassett, and Hassan Radoine. 2020. “The Role of the Informal Sector in New Town Development: The Case of Morocco.” Trialog: A Journal for Planning and Building in the Global Context, 4: 57-65.

Ellen M. Bassett. 2020. “Reform and Resistance: The Political Economy of Land and Planning Law Reform in Kenya.” Urban Studies 57, 6: 1164-1183.

Claire Simoneau and Ellen M. Bassett with Emmanuel Midheme. 2020. “Seeding the CLT in Africa:  Lessons from the Early Efforts to Establish Community Land Trusts in Kenya.” The Land is Ours:  International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust.  Edited by John Emmeus Davis, Line Algoed, and Maria E. Hernandez-Torrales.  The Center for CLT Innovation, pp. 245-262.

Sumila Gulyani, Debabrata Talukdar and Ellen M. Bassett. 2018.  “A sharing economy? Unpacking demand and living conditions in the urban housing market in Kenya” World Development, 109: 57-72.


Ellen M. Bassett. 2017. “The Challenge of Reforming Land Governance in Kenya under the 2010 Constitution.” Journal of Modern African Studies, 55, 4: 537-566.

Ellen M. Bassett. 2016. “Urban Governance in a Devolved Kenya.” Governing Urban Africa. Edited by Carlos Nuenas Silva. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 73-98.


Greg Schrock, Ellen M. Bassett, and Jamal Green. 2015. “Pursuing Equity and Justice in a Changing Climate:  Assessing Equity in Local Climate and Sustainability Plans in US Cities.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 35, 3:  282-295.


Damian Pitt and Ellen M. Bassett.  2014. “Innovation and the Role of Collaborative Governance in Local Climate Change Mitigation Policy.” Journal of Environmental Policy and Governance 24:  277-390.


Sumila Gulyani, Ellen M. Bassett and Debabrata Talukdar. 2014. “A Tale of Two Cities:  A Multi-Dimensional Portrait of Poverty and Living Conditions in the Slums of Nairobi and Dakar.” Habitat International 43:  98-107.


Damian Pitt and Ellen M. Bassett. 2013. “Collaborative Planning for Clean Energy Initiatives in Small to Mid-Sized Cities.” Journal of the American Planning Association 79, 4:  280-294.


Sumila Gulyani, Ellen M. Bassett and Debabrata Talukdar. 2012. “Living Conditions, Rents, and Their Determinants in the Slums of Nairobi and Dakar.” Land Economics 88, 2: 251-274.


Harvey M. Jacobs and Ellen M. Bassett. 2011. “All Sound, No Fury? The Impacts of State-Based Kelo Laws.” Planning and Environmental Law 63:  3-8.


Ellen M. Bassett and Vivek Shandas. 2010. “Innovation and Climate Action Planning: Perspectives from Municipal Plans.” Journal of the American Planning Association 76: 4: 435-450.


Sumila Gulyani and Ellen M. Bassett. 2010. “The Living Conditions Diamond: A Theoretical and Analytical Framework for Understanding Slums.” Environment and Planning A 42, 9: 2201-2219.


Ellen M. Bassett. 2009. “Framing the Oregon Land Use Debate: An Exploration of Oregon Voters’ Pamphlets, 1970-2007.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 29, 2: 157-172.


Ellen M. Bassett and Robert Glandon. 2008. “Influencing Design, Promoting Health.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 14, 3: 244-254.


Patricia Machemer, Ellen M. Bassett and Jessica Moy. 2008. “Community Design and Community Health:  Issues in Building a Holistic Model in Michigan.” Michigan Academician 38:  1-18.


Katherine Alaimo, Ellen M. Bassett, Risa Wilkerson, Karen Petersmark, Jennifer Mosack, Christopher Coutts, David Mendez, Lisa Grost and Lori Stegmier. 2008. “The Promoting Active Communities Program: Improvement of Michigan’s Self-Assessment Tool.” Physical Activity and Health 5: 4-18.


Gary D. Taylor and Ellen M. Bassett. 2007. “Exploring Boundaries in Governance Research: An Analysis of Enabling Legislation Permitting Intergovernmental Boundary Agreements.” State and Local Government Review 39, 3: 119-131.


Sumila Gulyani, Debabrata Talukdar and Ellen M. Bassett.  “Housing Choices in Urban Kenya:  Shared Housing, Living Conditions and the Rental Market in Fifteen Cities.” World Bank, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. Working Paper; September 2017.


World Bank (corporate author).  2016. “Public Land Management, Compulsory Acquisition and Resettlement in Kenya.  Draft Report for Kenya Non-Lending Technical Assistance (NTLA) on Public Land Management, Involuntary Resettlement and Metropolitan Governance.  (Bassett lead author for public land institutional analysis.)


World Bank (corporate author). 2015. Bassett lead author for chapter entitled “Land Management and Urban Planning Institutions, Before and Under Devolution.” Kenya Urbanization Review.  Washington, DC:  The World Bank, pp. 103-116.


Ellen M. Bassett. 2013. “Designing the Healthy Neighborhood: Deriving Principles from the Evidence Base.”  Literature review prepared for Hart Howerton, Inc.  (Used as basis for Hart Howerton Fellowship Designing for Healthy Living; see: )

Andree Tremoulet, Ellen M. Bassett, and Allison Moe. 2012. “Homeless Encampments on Public Right of Way: A Planning and Best Practices Guide.” Center for Urban Studies, Portland State University. Access:


Andree Tremoulet and Ellen M. Bassett. 2012. “A Case Study of the Baldock Restoration Project.” Study undertaken for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Portland, Oregon: The Center for Urban Studies Portland State University. Access:


Ellen M. Bassett. 2010. “The Governance of Portland’s EcoDistricts: Central Considerations for PoSI” in Making EcoDistricts: Concepts and Methods for Advancing Sustainability in Neighborhoods. Prepared for the Portland Sustainability Institute with funding from the Bullitt Foundation.

Harvey M. Jacobs and Ellen M. Bassett. 2010. “All Sound, No Fury? Assessing the Impacts of State-based Kelo Laws on Planning Practice.” Working paper for Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA.

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