Infrastructured Lives


This line of my research, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme, focuses on embodied geographies of mega-infrastructures. I explore how large-scale infrastructures shape everyday lives of different subject groups who come into contact, both intimate and at a distance, violent and mundane, with large-scale development projects. 

The research focuses on the following two questions:

1. What (im)possibilities of liveability emerge in situated, embodied geographies of contemporary mega-infrastructures?

2. How do mega-infrastructures affect – subjugate, configure, or articulate – people
who use, live in, or around, them?

Interrogating these questions in the context of Kenya, I intend to open theoretical avenues to understand infrastructure as not only a social, cultural and political relation (for instance, “emergent international development regime”, “global networks of value”, "state territoriality" that the literature discusses), but also profoundly as a relation of a self, central to one’s subjectivity, as well as subjectivisation to the power of a modern state and capital.