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Tony O'Connor

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  • 1950-1957 at Trinity School, Croydon
  • 1957-1960 at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge       BA Geography
  • 1960-1962 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda as postgraduate student
  • 1962-1963 at Cambridge  -  Ph D degree awarded
  • 1963-1967  Lecturer in Geography, Makerere University, Uganda
  • 1967-2004  Lecturer,  then Reader,  UCL
  • Secondments as Senior Lecturer, University of Ibadan, Nigeria  1972-3;  and as
  • Professor and HoD, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone  1974-5
  • Visiting appointments at University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1978;  at
  • Cambridge University in 1993;  and at Bournemouth University in 2005
  • Visiting examiner at Royal Holloway,  Birmingham,  Oxford  universities;
  • and at Njala University, Sierra Leone,  and Makerere University, Uganda


Administrative positions included

    • Secretary to the University of London Board of Studies in Geography 1981-84;
    • Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee on University Studies of Africa 1984-88;
    • Secretary-General of the European Council on African Studies  1982-87;
    • Assessor in Geography, Higher Education Funding Council for England  1994-95
  • Railways and Development in Uganda.     OUP, Nairobi,  1965,  176 pp.
  • An Economic Geography of East Africa.    Bell, London,  and  Praeger, New York,  1966,  292 pp;    second edition  1971,  311 pp.
  • The Geography of Tropical African Development.    Pergamon, Oxford, 1971,  207 pp;  second edition  1978,  255pp.
  • Urbanization in Tropical Africa:  an annotated bibliography.    G K Hall,  Boston,  1981,  381 pp.
  • The African City.      Hutchinson,  London,  and  Holmes & Meier,  New York,  1983,  359 pp;    reprinted by Routledge,  London,  2007
  • Poverty in Africa:  a geographical approach.     Belhaven,  London,  and Wiley,  New York,  1991,   184 pp.
  • Later publications mainly chapters in books,
    • e.g.  Ch. 4  “The persistence of poverty” in  Potts, D and Bowyer-Bower, T  (eds)   Eastern and Southern Africa,  Pearson,  Harlow,  2004;
    • and  Ch. 9  “How ‘African’ is Tunisia”  in  Harris, R and Koser, K  (eds)   Continuity and Change in the Tunisian Sahel,  Ashgate,  Aldershot,  2004.