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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

24.01. Afrikakolloquium - Public Transport, Informality, and the Role of Motorcycle-Taxis in Sub-Saharan Africa

Public Transport, Informality, and the Role of Motorcycle-Taxis in Sub-Saharan Africa - Vortrag von Daniel Ehebrecht (Institut für Geographie, HU-Berlin)
Wann 24.01.2018 von 16:15 bis 17:45 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, Raum 410
Kontaktname Prof. Dr. Susanne Gehrmann


The presentation investigates the current state of urban public transport systems in SSA. It is structured as follows: At first, conditions, challenges and dynamics of public transport systems in SSA are identified and broadly analysed. This sets the frame for an understanding of the recent emergence of motorcycle-taxi services in many parts of SSA. In the context of rapid urban and population growth these – largely informally provided – services gradually fulfil complementary functions within the respective local transport systems and they help increasing public mobility. Moreover, they provide income opportunities and contribute to socioeconomic development. On the other hand, these ‘new’ services come with negative externalities such as road safety issues, health and environmental concerns and increase of traffic congestion. Based on these general characteristics of motorcycle-taxis, empirical insights from a case study in Dar es Salaam are shared in the third part of the presentation. It looks more closely at the specifics of the integration of motorcycle-taxis into this particular urban context against the background of strong spatial dynamics and the ongoing transformation of the local public transport system.  


Biographical notes

  • B.A. in Geography and European History, University of Osnabrück, 2009
    • B.A. thesis on informal urban development in Tanzania
  • Internship and research stay with the Kinondoni Municipal Council/Dar es Salaam (Department of Urban Planning), 2009
  • Internship and research stay at City of Cape Town (Housing Department), 2011
  • M.A. in Economic and Social Geography, University of Osnabrück, 2012
    • M.A. thesis on informal settlement upgrading in Cape Town
  • Research Assistant at Institute for Geography and at Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück, 2012-2014
  • Since 2015 doctoral researcher at Geography Department (Transport Geography Division), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • PhD project on social practices, market integration and regulation of motorcycle-taxis in Dar es Salaam (funded by DFG)