Professor Dr Conrad Schetter
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 (SGR), 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.