Biography: Dr. Eric Yankson is a Senior Lecturer and the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. He was previously a research fellow and an instructor at the University of Louisville in the United States, where he obtained his PhD in Urban and Public Affairs. His research interests encompass the political economy of urban planning and development, particularly in the Global South. His work focuses on the global-local nexus and participatory planning roles in configuring metropolitan governments’ policy choices. Dr. Yankson also evaluates local economic development and applies spatial analysis to examine the interlinkages between sustainable development, public health, land use, and transportation planning.