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Kirsten Keller- New PhD at the Department of Anthropology

Kirsten Keller's project concentrates on exploring landscapes of inequality in flood-prone coastal cities.

26.09.2018 | Camilla Dimke

My research explores landscapes of inequality in flood-prone coastal cities. I am interested how historical and contemporary flows of Dutch water engineering expertise shape infrastructures and ecologies in urban deltas. My project examines the urban ecology of a coastal protection megaproject for Jakarta Bay designed by Dutch engineers as part of a collaboration between the Netherlands and Indonesia. The seawall and land reclamation threatens the livelihoods of the coastal urban poor, who have historically experienced inequality in terms of access to clean water and exposure to flooding. The infrastructure would also fundamentally alter the ecology of an already heavily polluted system, eliminating marine species behind the wall, including the last fragment of mangrove forest in the Jakarta region. I am particularly interested in experimenting with methods from the natural sciences to gain a more robust picture of how nonhuman species are involved in the making and unmaking of precarious urban spaces.

Contact information:  

Kirsten Keller
Institut for Kultur og Samfund - Afdeling for Antropologi
Moesgård Allé 20
8270 Højbjerg