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This website presents a number of recent and older works that I have written in professional or personal contexts. The first tab is dedicated to my latest book Le Liberia. Une histoire singulière, that fills a gap in the realm of French language books since no other summary about this country has ever been published. It is also currently being translated into English. The second tab relates to “Financer les villes d’Afrique” and its English version “Financing Africa’s Cities” which despite being published in 2012 remains a reference for professionals, students and specialists on cities and Africa.

The third tab links to a presentation of Commons and Oceans, a book to be published in the second half of 2019, co-written with two anthropologist colleagues and a fellow economist, as well as recent forums in English and French on ID4D the development blog, on the theme of general commons and the Pacific in particular. Finally, a fourth tab lists older works, books (such as African markets, co-written by Laurence Wilhelm), leaflets (such as “Les collectivités locales et la crise financière” and its English version “Local Governments and the Financial Crisis: An Analysis”) articles (for example Le financement du développement urbain dans les pays émergents: des besoins et des paradoxes published in the Revue d’Economie Financière), concerning subjects such as urban development, investment financing, heritage and its economy, housing, etc. Some of the texts are available in English and all are free to download.

This collection reflects several decades of experience during which I have worked across a number of continents and seen my interests gradually evolve, ranging from cities and urban development to investment financing, then to environmental economics and finally to history, which I call ‘augmented’, i.e., drawing on sociology and economics. The Biography tab will shed light on this experience, these evolutions in interest and of course my future projects.

Financing urban development in emerging countries: needs and paradoxes

Thierry Paulais

Liberia, a colony founded in 1822 by an American philanthropic society to welcome freed slaves and spread Christianity across the African continent, became a state in the full sense of the term in 1847.
This book published simultaneously in French and in English is the result of four years of work in a research program co-financed by AFD and Cities Alliance.
This book was co-written with three colleagues- two anthropologists and an economist, and received funding from the AFD. It presents a new approach to the question of commons in Polynesia through case studies based on the lagoons of atolls.