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Institute of Geography and Sustainability of the University of Lausanne
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Periurban land, power struggles and decentralization at the margin of the city in Niamey/Niger

This PhD thesis, completed in november 2016, focused on governance of urban land issues in the context of both the political decentralisation and a mostly uncontrolled urbanisation processes in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic. Taking into account that the new decentralisation (since 2004) is not taking place on a blank spot, but in strongly pre-structured contexts, relations between old and new actors (municipalities, organs of the central State, traditional chieftancy, economic actors, autochthonous land owners) are analysed in a perspective of better understanding how negotiations, conflicts and adaptations create new forms of local governance and caracterize exercise of power through space.

Research fields Urban studies
Development, societies, environments
Cities, policies and environment
Political Ecology
Gouvernance urbaine
Urban political ecology
Decentralization / Governance
Keywords Institutions
Political ecology
Public policy
Urban governance
Funding University of Lausanne and SNSF (DocMobility Grant, 2013/14)
Duration November 2010 - October 2016
Researchers Meyer Ursula (PhD candidate)
Véron René (Thesis Advisor)

Project location

Illegal constructions in the Green Belt of Niamey

At the margins of Niamey

Land mark at the margins of the city