Project Director, Western Sudan Community Museums (WSCM) Phase II.
Project Partners: The National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan; Mallinson Architects; University of Cambridge Department of Archaeology.
The Aliph-funded WSCM Phase II project is designed to have maximum impact in post-conflict Sudan through promoting cultural heritage as a force for peace in three museums: Nyala in Darfur, El Obeid in Kordofan, and Omdurman, Khartoum. It builds on the success of the British Council Heritage Protection funded, phase I of the project which began to restore the three museums. Phase II sees the completion of high-level security, display cases and exhibitions (including production and delivery of bespoke, international-standard display cabinets), and the development and implementation of a conservation and management plan for the collections at each of the museums. See https://www.facebook.com/WSCMSudan for more information and live updates.
Co-I, Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments
Project Lead: Professor Paul Lane, University of Cambridge.
Project Partner in Kenya: National Museums of Kenya
Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Professor Kevin MacDonald, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Professor Tim Insoll, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Dr Daniel Löwenborg, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, Sweden
Professor Ibrahima Thiaw, IFAN, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
Professor Amanda Esterhuysen, Origins Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
1) Collating, digitising and synthesising existing national archaeological site inventory records and published data on archaeological and cultural heritage sites;
2) Using remote sensing, historical maps and automated site detection methods to identify and document previously unidentified archaeological and cultural heritage sites with particular emphasis on identifying sites under threat from urban growth, conflict, sea-level change, and infrastructural development; and,
3) Undertaking, in collaboration with relevant national authorities and other in-country heritage managers, targeted field assessments of a sample of threatened sites to assess the reliability and accuracy of remote sensing methods for site detection, and provide suitable training for site detection, recording, database entry and for ensuring database sustainability.
All the data collected during this project will be assembled in an Open Access relational database utilising the Arches version 5.0 platform. The nature of current and past threats to these heritage resources will be compiled to reconstruct the sequence of changes to heritage sites and landscapes over the last several decades, and predict potential future threats. The collated and analysed data will be used to develop country-specific recommendations for future research priorities and management and mitigation strategies.
Two Research Fellows, Dr Pamela Ochungo, and Ms Angela Kabiru, are employed by the BIEA to work on this project.
For further details please see: https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/current-projects/mapping-africas-endangered-archaeological-sites-and-monuments.
Co-I, Refugee Study Centre (RSC), University of Oxford.
The RSC aims to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, by leading research and education in the area of refugee and forced migration studies.
For more information please see: https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/about/overview
GlobalCORRIDOR proposal for partnership arrangement with the British Institute in East Africa
European Research Council funded five year project beginning in July 2021. Led by Dr Jonathan Silver, University of Sheffield the project will be the first comprehensive, social science study of this new global, urban geography of Corridor Urbanization through an agenda-setting programme of research to respond to the immense changes to urban life these visions, plans, and investments are likely to impose and the gaps in knowledges addressing this phenomenon. The aim of GlobalCORRIDOR is to address the challenge of how we understand Corridor Urbanization and to assess how these infrastructure led transformations are shaping urban inequality, as an everyday experience of techno-social differentiation. The East African region will form one of three global case studies on this phenomena.
Dr Jonathan Silver (PI), University of Sheffield, UK
Regional Futures: The territorial politics of digitalisation-as-urbanisation in the global south
ERC project that examines how the transition from paper to digital in the global south is literally mapping the future of urbanisation and how peripheral municipalities and communities – from stakeholders to subaltern actors – are assisting, contesting and disrupting this digitally led urbanisation. The core focus of the research will be the municipalities where digitalisation is implemented as they transfer paper records to digital information infrastructures, prepare new strategic development plans, plan the extension of infrastructure into new territories, as well as the reorganisation of populations within these territories. The study examines four municipalities in the peripheries of metropolitan cities have been selected for study (Bhiwandi, Mumbai; Zapopan, Guadalajara; Kajiado, Nairobi; Taoyuan, Taipei).
Prof. Ayona Datta (PI), University College London, UK
Guma P.K. 2021. “Rethinking Smart Urbanism: City-Making and the Spread of Digital Infrastructures in Nairobi” (Doctoral dissertation, Utrecht University). Published as: Eburon Academic Publishers. ISBN: 978-94-6301-302-4.
Guma, P.K. 2021. Recasting provisional urban worlds in the global South: Shacks, shanties and micro-stalls. Planning Theory and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2021.1894348
Guma P.K. 2021. “Localising the smart city? A view of urban plans and technologies in Nairobi,” In, Jochen M., de Bercegol R. and Bon B. Translating the Networked City: Urban Infrastructures in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City.
Guma, P.K. 2020. Incompleteness of urban infrastructures in transition: scenarios from the mobile age in Nairobi. Social Studies of Science, 50(5), 728-750
Guma, P.K. & Monstadt, J. 2020. Smart city making? The spread of ICT-driven plans and infrastructures in Nairobi. Urban Geography. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2020.1715050
Guma P.K. 2020. “Situating urban smartness: ICTs and infrastructure in Nairobi’s informal areas.” Ed. Aurigi A. and Odendaal N. Shaping Smart for Better Cities: Rethinking and Shaping Relationships between Urban Space and Digital Technologies. Academic Press.