Alexander Jachnow

Alexander Jachnow

Lead Specialist in Strategic Urban Planning and Policy

Dr Alexander Jachnow is a Lead Specialist in Strategic Urban Planning and Policy with more than 20 years of working experience as a researcher and consultant in urban capacity development. The main focus of his work lies in enhancing institutions and human resources through strengthening their capacities by improving urban management and policy frameworks.

He is part of the Urban Socio-Spatial Development Department of IHS and teaches strategic urban planning and development, including policy frameworks and National Urban Policies. He is engaged in the advisory and research assignments. He frequently works with organisations and DC agencies such as DFID, European Commission, GIZ, KfW, OECD, UN-Habitat and UNESCO and local and national governments and NGOs worldwide. Dr Jachnow is the principal investigator for an applied research project for DFID on sustainable urbanisation. He recently concluded an extensive field research on urbanisation patterns with his team on behalf of Cities Alliance for Future Cities Africa.

Previous to joining IHS, Dr Jachnow had worked for 6 years as a team leader in Urban Governance Programmes of GIZ, KfW, World Bank and ADB in South Asia. From 1998 till 2007, his focus was on Latin America, including diverse assignments, practical work, research and field studies. He was engaged in housing programmes in Mexico City and Favela upgrading in Fortaleza. He wrote his PhD thesis on the influence of Civil Society on urban development with case-studies from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Dr Jachnow studied architecture in Berlin and Cordoba, Argentina, and specialises in Housing Studies from the UNAM, Mexico City. He has worked with local governments and NGOs in Mexico (Urban Development and Housing Department, SEDUVI, Mexico City and NGO Casa y Ciudad) and Brazil (HabitaFor and NGO CEARAH Periferia).

Due to his internationally recognised academic profile related to urban management and development, Dr Jachnow has been invited for keynote lectures as representative of academia at international conferences. As a focal point of IHS for the HABITAT III process, he attended as an accredited stakeholder the Habitat III Preparatory Committee meetings in Nairobi and Surabaya, was a panellist in several sessions and high-level events in the fore-run, during and after the H III conference and is a core member and panellist of the Joint Working Programme JWP of the Cities Alliance. He has developed and led capacity development measures for the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in conferences and sessions in Quito and particularly during ‘The Second International Conference on National Urban Policy- Paris 2017’, which was co-hosted by OECD, UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and the IHS. 


Akbar, P. N. G. and Jachnow, A. (2022). The permanency of temporality : How grassroots festivals in Indonesia create places in informal settlements. Journal of Place Management and Development, (First online 08 June 2022).
Jachnow, A. and Garrido Vernon, C. G. (2021). What do you know? Ecuador's sustainable urban development dilemma. Trialog, 2/2019(137, March 2021), 17-22.

Clark, M., Jachnow, A., Keunen, E., Lunetta, C., Marx, C., Nyamai, D. N., Rabé, P, and Walls, M. (2020). Complex land markets in Uganda and Somaliland : overarching synthesis report. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

Jachnow, A. (2020). Drivers of change for the "new" in the "normal". Mono, 33, 82-87.
Jachnow, A. and Marx, C. (2020). Complex land markets in Uganda and Somaliland (Public facing report). Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

Nyamai, D. N. and Jachnow, A. (2020). A long walk to socio-spatial inclusion : mobility and access in the context of urbanization and social exclusion in Kampala. In: N. Appelhans, W. Scholz and S. Baumgart (Eds.) Transport planning and mobility in urban East Africa (pp. 43-58). London: Routledge.

Al Alam, D. and Jachnow, A. (2017). Surrogate governance and self-organization in Tripoli, Lebanon. In: M. P. van Dijk, J. Edelenbos and K. van Rooijen (Eds.) Urban governance in the realm of complexity, (pp. 195-218). Rugby: Practical Action Publishing.

Jachnow, A. (2017). The Benefits of dysfunctionalities – How urban land markets operate in Mozambique. Trialog, 1/2017 (128, December 2017), 4-9.

Jachnow, A., Keunen, E., Lunnetta, C., Mazzolini, A. and Brilhante, O. (2017). Urbanization in Mozambique : assessing actors, processes, and impact of urban growth (Research monograph). Brussels: Cities Alliance.

Lunetta, C., Jachnow, A. and Teschner, K., (2017). Trialog no. 128 (Special issue : Urban transitions in Africa). Frankfurt / Main: Verein zur Erforschung des Planens und Bauens in Entwicklungsländern.

Puga, E. and Jachnow, A. (2017). Biking as governance. Positioning urban cycling in Quito. In M. P. van Dijk, J. Edelenbos and K. van Rooijen (Eds.) Urban governance in the realm of complexity, (pp. 261–282). Rugby: Practical Action Publishing.

Jachnow, A. (2016) ‘Nuestro futuro urbano – ¿Futuro para quién?’. In: C. I. Moreno Jaramillo et al. (eds.) Retos del Hábitat: por la vida, la equidad y los derechos territoriales. Medellín: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Davis, L. Luethi, C., Jachnow, A. (2016). Mozambique : guiding the development of liveable cities (Policy brief for decision makers). Brussels: Cities Alliance.
Jachnow, A. (2015) ‘Decentralized Water Treatment Systems (DEWATS) for urban Nepal: a comparative assessment for community’. In: Waterlines 34/ 2, p.119-138.

Briemer, T., Capra, C. and Jachnow, A. (2015). Capacity development in the light of an Urban Sustainable Goal - SDG 11 : targets, actors, stakeholders and the kind of capacity we need for our urban future. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

Jachnow, A. (ed.) (2012) “Urban Poverty in Bangladesh. Results from a Socio-Economic Survey in Six Poor Urban Settlements of Narayanganj”. 

Jachnow, A. et al. (2012) ‘Climate change and the Urban Poor: Support of the German Development Cooperation to a City in Bangladesh’. In: Resilient Cities 2: Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change–Proceedings of the Global Forum 2011. Vol. 2. Springer Science & Business Media.

Jachnow, A. (2011) “Political stakeholders or socially motivated service deliverers? NGOs in the Latin American Housing Sector in the 1990s”. Dissertation, Berlin. Available:

Becker, A.; Burkert, O.; Doose, A.; Jachnow, A.; Poppitz, M. (eds.) (2008) “Matter for Negotiations: Mexico City. Combated space, appropriated territories and urban images”. Berlin: Metrozones.

Jachnow, A. (2008) “Built space by lifetime: dynamics and mechanisms of Mexico City’s urban growth”. In: Becker, et al.: Matter for Negotiations: Mexico City. Berlin: Metrozones.

Ley, A., Jachnow, A., Teschner, K. (ed.) (2006) ‘Urban Coalitions’. Trialog 90/3

Jachnow, A. (2006) ‘Koalitionen für die Stadt: Die neue Verantwortung der Zivilgesellschaft’. In: Trialog 90/3, p.4-9.

Jachnow, A. (ed.) (2006) “Planning – Deciding– Designing: Participation in Latin America”. In: Lateinamerika Nachrichten 387/388, Berlin

Jachnow, A. (2003) “The attractiveness of the informal, the significance of civil society and other false estimations. In: Becker, J. et al.: Learning from* : Städte von Welt, Phantasmen der Zivilgesellschaft, informelle Organisation. Berlin: NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst

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