With experiences of ethnographic fieldwork, this Ph.D. research project unearths the dialectics of urbanisation and ethnic contestations in peri-urban areas of Ethiopia by focusing on Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa cities. To this end, the project looks into (peri) urbanization in conflict settings, politically induced urban (re) resettlements, and the political economy of ‘informal’/’illegal’ settlements in Ethiopia. It also uses a comparative approach to examine the dynamics of urban sprawl, urban planning, and urban development strategies in the context of ethnically polarized cities in Ethiopia.

  • Funding: Global Minds, NASCERE
  • People involved: Ayehu Bacha Teso