Utilizing quantitative and qualitative methodologies, this project consists of qualitative and GIS assessment of housing and land ownership options for the residents of Kabul to determine the social transformation of housing processes as a result of protracted conflict.
In this project, I have utilized GIS, Satellite Images, and Critical Theory to explore the spatial factors that inform the culture of violence and conflict in Somalia. Futhermore, I examined how power dynamics of violence are culturally reproduced through the physical infrastructure.
Al Shabaab has become the strongest militant non-state actor in Somalia. Preaching messages of a unified Islamic state, al Shabaab has extended its presence beyond the borders of Somalia and penetrated the Somali diaspora. Taking advantage of global remittance flows through Kenya, it has situated itself in Nairobi as an enduring presence among refugees. Al Shabaab has established itself itself as a significant institution within the economic and social landscape of Kenya's Somali community, utilizing its visibility to advance opportunities for recruitment and financial enterprise. Initial findings available in Forced Migration Review 37 [LINK].
Refugee Camp Design and Environmental Justice - Spatial Analysis of resource allocation in relation to distribution of vulnerable and resulting processes of environmental degradation in the Dadaab Refugee Camps. 2008.
Refugee Camp Development and Communications Technology
This project studies the role of Communication technologies as an economic development tool for low income and marginalized populations. Working with a variety of technology based industries in Nairobi, Kenya, this upcoming publication will continue to explore potential strategies within urban centers and refugee camps.