Urbanisation has become a fundamental characteristic of modern societies. This is particularly the case in sub-Saharan Africa, where the speed of urbanisation is the highest in the world. One of the most powerful and dynamic keys to deciphering these urbanisation processes is the study of urban infrastructures. These socio-technical systems permeate all the societal functions, the built environment and institutional structures of a city and represent long-term accumulations of capital, technology, and organisational and geopolitical power.
The programme “Urban Infrastructures in Transition” focuses on developments in the East African cities of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Nairobi (Kenya). In particular, it highlights the history of, and the current challenges posed by, urban infrastructures – the supply and use of water, energy, sewerage, transport and telecommunication services. Within this framework, researchers critically