Economic Dynamics

The new Madaraka Express line between Nairobi and Mombasa, Nairobi National Park, 2019

Workers, Labour, and Employment

This research area targets studies on workers in industries, factories and on plantations in East Africa, focusing on working conditions, workers relations (considering their gendered dimension), workers/employers relations, organized protest or consent, the growth of a working class culture, etc. Currently, research focuses on tea plantations and trade in Kenya.

Read more about the “Working Africa” program here.

In May 2021, a three-day conference will be held in Addis Abeba as a partnership between CFEE and IFRA-Nairobi which will include an exhibit of pictures and videos about work in East Africa.

Globalisation and Urban-rural Territorial Dynamics

Urban-rural dynamics enable to understand locally globalisation. Studying the creation of urban and rural territories in relation to globalisation contributes to understanding flow systems and mobility systems, livelihood diversification, “hybridization” of ways of life, and the insertion of new actors. This programme deals with the coexistence of local and global phenomena and aims at grasping globalisation through both actors and space/places. It resulted in a recent edited volume published with Mkuki na Nyota: Rural-Urban Dynamics in the East African Mountains, 2017 (ed. by F. Bart, B. R Nakileza, S. Racaud).

Research themes include:

  • Urban-rural relations
  • Socio-spatial mobility, resources’ systems diversification
  • Commercial networks
  • Informal trade, street vending and urbanisation
  • Large scale investments, land, infrastructure of transport
  • Agriculture and markets networks
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