Urban renewal and housing constraints for the poor: A case of Kigali, Rwanda.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden
Urban renewal policies have been regarded as a sound approach to regenerate blighted areas and revitalize the urban environment in developing countries. However, they have been criticized in the literature for undermining the livelihoods of the poor by causing displacement and loss of housing. Drawing on the case of Kigali city in Rwanda, this dissertation examines urban renewal effects and outcomes on housing for the poor and how institutions account for and respond to the consequences on affected households. In addition to a critical review of documents and field observations, semi-structured interviews are conducted with major urban actors. The results will provide a better understanding of urban renewal policy regarding strategies and forms of organization needed to make housing more affordable and accessible to the urban poor. Further, the study will contribute to theoretical discussions concerning distributive justice and sustainable urban renewal.
Key words: Urban renewal, policies, housing, poor, Kigali
Doctoral student at TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Studies in Global Urban Development and Planning, University of Manchester
Academic degree: Master of Science
Studies in Real Estate Management and Valuation, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
Academic degree: Bachelor of Science
Assistant Lecturer, School of Architecture and Built-environment/University of Rwanda
Data Manager, study on understanding the dynamics in unplanned settlements in Kigali city by Laterite and IGC (International Growth Center)
Teaching Assistant, School of Architecture and Built-environment/University of Rwanda
Administrative and program Assistant, Tulane International, LLC
Scholarship award to undertake doctoral studies at TU Dresden by Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
Equity and Merit Scholarship award to undertake master’s studies by the University of Manchester
Scholarship award to undertake undergraduate studies by Generation Rwanda Inc.