Violent futures?

Contestations Along the Frontiers

Large-scale infrastructure projects like the LAPSSET corridor in northern Kenya cut through the pastures of pastoralist communities in Kenya and Tanzania. The Standard Gauge Railway, for example, runs through the pastoral lands in Narok in southern Kenya and Morogoro in central Tanzania. What is the impact of these projects on local conflict dynamics? 

In this research project, we turn the concept of frontiers into an analytical tool for comparative empirical research on development corridors cutting through pastoral lands in Kenya and Tanzania. We interview representatives of the government, communities, NGOs and private companies to understand the perceived impacts of these infrastructure projects on pastoral communities. 

Outputs of our research include three PhD theses, five Master of Arts theses and peer-reviewed journal articles in collaboration with our partners in Kenya and Tanzania. We plan to develop a travelling workshop model between Kenya and Tanzania and communicate our scientific results via local workshops in 2024 and 2025.

Publications

Owino, E., & Mkutu, K., & Enns, C.

Large Infrastructure Projects and Cascading Land Grabs

Routledge , London (2023)

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Greiner, C., & Klagge, B., & Owino, E.

The political ecology of geothermal development: Green sacrifice zones or energy landscapes of value?

(2023)

Open

Mkutu, K.

The Frontier on the Doorstep: Development and Conflict Dynamics in the Southern Rangelands of Kenya

(2023)

Open

Mkutu, K.

Anticipation and contestation along the lapsset infrastructure corridor in Kenya

(2022)

Open

Schetter, C., & Mkutu, K., & Müller-Koné, M.

Frontier NGOs: Conservancies, control, and violence in northern Kenya

(2022)

Open

Schetter, C., & Müller-Koné, M.

Frontiers’ violence: The interplay of state of exception, frontier habitus, and organized violence

(2021)

Open

Kalvelage, L., & Bollig, M., & Grawert, E., & Hulke, C., & Meyer, R., & Mkutu, K., & Müller-Koné, M., & Diez, J.

Territorialising Conservation: Community-based Approaches in Kenya and Namibia

(2021)

Open

Mkutu, K., & Müller-Koné, M., & Owino, E.

Future visions, present conflicts: the ethnicized politics of anticipation surrounding an infrastructure corridor in northern Kenya

(2021)

Open

Schetter, C., & Müller-Koné, M.

Frontier - ein Gegenbegriff zur Grenze?

Nomos , Baden-Baden (2021)

Open

Mkutu, K.

Pastoralists, politics and development projects. Unterstanding the layers of armed conflict in Isiolo county, Kenya

BICC , Bonn (2019)

Open

Müller-Koné, M., & Grawert, E., & Schetter, C.

Zwischen Naturschutz und Gewaltkonflikten: Conservancies in Nordkenia

(2020)

Open

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Project Team

Professor Dr Conrad Schetter

Director

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Marie Müller-Koné

Senior Researcher

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Evelyne Atieno Owino

PhD-Researcher

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Project Partners

University of Bonn,

University of Cologne,

Dr Kennedy Mkutu, International Relations and Peace Studies, United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya,

Lucy W. Massoi, Ph.D., Mzumbe University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

 

 

 

 

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duration of project

Since April 2018