The study project is integrated in the EAGERLearn Programm and cooperates with the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). The 10 days project will take place together with Tanzanian staff and students (e.g. African Literature and Swahili Studies, Geography, Transportation and Engineering) in inter- and transdisciplinary research teams. The project work will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at the beginning of October 2017.
Interdisciplinary research in international teams on socioeconomic transformations and its impacts on food and transport systems and the environment. The research area will be the greater area of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city. Both qualitative and quantitative research approaches can be applied and will be discussed. In addition, methods of applied Geoinformation are intended to collect, analyze and visualize data.
Suggestions for project studies include:
Research and analysis of fresh food retail transformations with approaches from economic geography, focusing on:
- dynamics in “traditional” markets (distribution patterns, organization/ regulation, sourcing regions and patterns, public intervention, gender relations,…)
- the establishment of “modern” markets: expansion patterns and strategies of international (Nakumatt, food Lovers, Game, ..) and local retail companies (TSN, Shoppers, Village Supermarket)
- changing consumption patterns (HVA, traditional and indigenous fruits and vegetables)
- public regulation and its impact on food retail (TFDA, TBS, regulating FDIs, …)
- the role of the private sector (banks, input suppliers, logistic companies, processing, …)
Aspects of transportation geography:
- Introduction of a bus rapid transit system and its social, economic and spatial effects
- Bicycling as a ‘new’ mode of transport in Dar es Salaam and its public perception
- Use and customer perceptions of motorcycle-taxis in urban or peri-urban areas
- Accessibility of public transport, social mobility, and exclusion (e.g. regarding age, gender, income)
- Spatial growth and development of transport modes: How are urban fringes connected to the city?
- How do local market and petty traders (of agricultural products) organise the transport of their goods?
Investigating urban-rural land use change:
- urbanization and urban development, spatial-temporal patterns
- urban agriculture
- ecosystems services, trade-offs and synergies
- spatial-temporal modeling
In addition, individual topics can also be developed.
The development of a Bachelor or Master Thesis based on the study project is possible.
- orientation and registration meeting: 21. April 2017 15h
- block seminar in Berlin: 16. – 18. June 2017
(theoretical input, defining research interest and study project)
- project seminar in Dar es Salaam: 1. – 10. October 2017
costs: approximately 600,- € (flight excluded)
It is recommended to individually apply for financial support.
(DAAD, Humboldt-Ritter-Penck-Stiftung, PROMOS in case of writing a bachelor or master thesis, Frauenförderung)
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