Master students' projects
The following lists descriptions of master students' projects affiliated to UrbanEnclavingFutures.
Ernest’s research project seeks to explore the political economy of housing in Ghana. Despite the recognition of the role of housing in improving the socio-physical wellbeing of people, housing provision, accessibility and affordability is still a considerable challenge in Ghana. The housing deficit in Ghana is currently 1.7 million units. The housing sector over the years has been greatly influenced by national policies of various governments; policies which have shaped provision, accessibility and affordability of housing in the country. Is in this regard, Ernest’s research project aims to explore post-independent housing policies and practices and the extent to which its success or failure may have contributed to the current housing situation.
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.
Lukas' master project seeks to examine the transportation situation in Accra, Ghana and its implications on the urban society. He aims to grasp local peoples' perspective of everyday urban mobility in order to analyze what future policies on urban transportation are needed to ensure sustainable urban development in Accra. Linkages of transportation and issues like equality and democracy are also central concerns of his.
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. He successfully completed his MA degree in Spring 2019.
Anna completed her master's degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen in 2020. In the spring of 2019, she conducted fieldwork at the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Her study is an exploration of urban housing politics from below in the post-Apartheid city, specifically focusing on what ways different groups of people – differentiated by class, race or gender – have varied access to urban resources. The fieldwork took place in Hazeldean, a community within a Township area called Philippi, where ongoing developments in the community and tense negotiations about land rights are heavily impacting people. The aim is to understand how the lived experiences of South African housing policies are affecting residents’ access to urban resources, such as mobility, housing, land right and safety.
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.