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Dr Temidayo Eseonu

Lecturer in Politics and Policy

Temidayo Eseonu

County South Building




I am interested in the struggle for racial justice and the means through which this can be achieved, focusing particularly on the interplay of the politics of Black youth and urban governance. I use new institutionalism as an analytical framework for what facilitates or constrains the design and implementation of racially just policies.

I engage with transformational and emancipatory concepts in social sciences to clarify and theorize about the processes—both intellectual and material—through which political actors (racially minoritised communities, policymakers, service providers and so forth) form, function within, replicate, dissolve, and restructure political worlds. My research places emphasis on deliberative and participatory processes which cultivate spaces for the 'voice-of-colour' to imagine a racially just world and the politics to influence the implementation of racially just policies. 

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • New institutionalism in public policy and administration

  • Critical race theory in public policy and administration

  • Politics of Black youth 

  • Co-production of knowledge

  • Collaborative and urban governance

  • Democratic innovations

Current Research

I am currently working on a book project which will involve working with young people, using Afrofuturism to create their visions of a racially just future. This project will examine how a city's urban governance responds to these visions.

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