Techno-Politics of Mega-Infrastructures

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This line of my research explores techno-politics of large-scale infrastructures and how they advance political projects and visions of the modern capitalist state. Specifically, I focus on railway and port infrastructures and their social and political effects in producing assemblages of infrastructure-led "development" and (im)possibilities of liveable life across uneven landscapes of Kenya.

 

Drawing on the empirical study of several mega-projects, in this research I have explored how techno-politics of infrastructure function at several different levels:

 

1. the state and its territorialities;

 

2. biopolitical differentiations of everyday life advanced through power vectors of class, ethnicity, and geography;

 

3. modalities of dispossession, socio-political contestation, and disavowal that unfold through mega-infrastructures.

 

Research outputs from this project appear in The Annals of The American Association of Geographers, Political Geography, Area, and The Transactions of The Institute of British Geographers

 

This project was funded by UK Research and Innovation's Global Challenges Research Fund (Grant Number: ES/P011500/1), and was completed during my research fellowship in Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK.