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Carole Rakodi was a professor in the International Development Department, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, England from 2002 to 2010 and is now Emeritus Professor. She has undertaken consultancy work for multilateral and bilateral agencies (including DFID and the World Bank) in a number of countries, including Zambia, Tanzania, and South Africa. Her research interests are primarily in urbanization and urban policy, including land, housing, livelihoods and urban management, mainly in Africa, and especially Zambia and Zimbabwe. She has published widely in her field. From 2005 to 2011, she was director of the DFID-funded research program on Religions and Development, coordinating a team of over a hundred researchers in the University of Birmingham, three other universities in the United Kingdom, and partner institutions in India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Tanzania.