Festival Godwin Boateng is a political economist specializing in sustainable cities. He has an interest in Africa’s urban problems that are often (mis)diagnosed as a function of attitudinal/moral failure, and overpopulation. Festival holds a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and Social Work (Political Science minor) from KNUST, Ghana and a masters in Global Studies and International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark. He received his PhD in Global, Urban and Social Studies from RMIT University, Australia. At the Earth Institute, Festival will be working with Dr Jacqueline Klopp on the working lives of Africa’s urban poor as well as the structural factors that produce, maintain and worsen their hardships in the transport sector.