AbdouMaliq Simone is a scholar of the urban world. His work focuses on emerging social and economic intersections across diverse trajectories of change in cities of the Global South. It attempts to generate new theoretical understandings based on a wide range of urban practices elaborated by cities in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, as well as efforts to integrate these understandings into concrete policy and governance frameworks.

Simone has lived and taught in South Africa, Sudan, Indonesia, Thailand, Senegal and the United States, among many other countries. He is presently Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Honorary Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Key publications include: In Whose Image? Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan (University of Chicago Press, 1994), For the City Yet to Come: Urban Change in Four African Cities (Duke University Press, 2004) and City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads (Routledge, 2009).