KCL Geographers Complete Urban Hazards Research Trip in Kenya and Malawi
Posted on 16/10/2015
In August 2015, Faith Taylor
, James Millington
and Bruce Malamud
of the KCL Urban ARK
consortium visited Kenya and Malawi. The purpose of the trip was to meet local partners working on the Urban ARK project, see some of the study cities (Nairobi, Kenya and Karonga, Malawi) and talk with local stakeholders about how hazards are managed there. The four days in Nairobi involved many meetings with NGOs, policy makers and academics and a tour of different areas of the city, including the large informal settlements of Kibera and Dandora. The twelve days in Malawi included a visit to Mzuzu University, delivery of a workshop on hazards and GIS, a visit to the Karonga study city and meetings with NGOs, practitioners and locals. The team then took a few days out to see the beautiful Lake Malawi and surrounding countryside. The visit was extremely useful for better understanding what life is like in urban Africa and the issues of data collection, modelling and forecasting of complex natural and anthropogenic interacting hazards and their impact.
To read more about the activites the team were involved in and view a series of photos, read James Millington's blog post here.
Photo credit: James Millington, Flickr, Nairobi and Malawi