Urban Enclaving Futures

Master students' projects

The following lists descriptions of master students' projects affiliated to UrbanEnclavingFutures.


Maria Fallmyr Hansen

Maria’s master project is a study of sociality and security/insecurity in a slum area of Kampala, Uganda. She conducted a six-month fieldwork among a group residing in an urban poor area at the outskirts of Kampala. She focuses on gendering dimensions, security and insecurity and the boundaries and relationships between those residing both inside and outside the slum.




Lauritz Isaksen

Lauritz conducted fieldwork in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. He studied the private city development project of Appolonia City, and how the transformation of space has social and cultural implications for the local population. He was situated in a nearby village, also named Appolonia, where the chief, «the stool council» and «the elders», leased their land to the company Rendeavour, Africa’s largest urban land developer. The development of the private city is well under construction, and effects are illustrated both within the village, the private city and elsewhere in Ghana. Key concepts are class, segregation, conflict and security, and formations and conceptualisations of meaning and future.



Anna Koksvik Thorsen

Anna recently completed her fieldwork in a township located outside Cape Town, South Africa. Her project explores how urban resources such as land rights, infrastructure and security are differently accessible to people in a post-Apartheid context. Her study focuses on the lived experience of housing policy in a land area to where some people were located after Apartheid's resolution to empower them. 




Mikko Virtanen

Many refugee camps today are intended to be temporary, but eventually end up being more than so. As some of these contain over 200.000 people, it may be difficult to observe differences between the rural and urban. Mikko recently finished his fieldwork in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. In his project, he investigates how people organise in camps and whether factors such as ethnicity, culture, language and economy affect how this is done. Understanding how these camps are organised and how people work together might be applicable in other areas in similar conditions, he contends.