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Periurban land, power struggles and decentralization at the margin of the city in Niamey/Niger

Research fields Political ecologies
Cities, policies and environment
Political Ecology
Gouvernance urbaine
Urban political ecology
Decentralization / Governance
Keywords Institutions
Public policy
Urban governance
Political ecology
Funding University of Lausanne and SNSF (DocMobility Grant, 2013/14)
Duration November 2010 - October 2016
Website http://wp.unil.ch/allezsavoir/speculation-sous-le-soleil-nigerien/
Researchers Meyer Ursula (Doctoral student)
Véron René (Supervision) [web] [email]

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.

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