Christiane is a PhD student at the Department of Human Geography. In her project she is focusing on new modes of development between philanthrocapitalism and marketization in rural and urban Kenya. Partnering with humanitarian and philanthropic organizations, multinational corporations are increasingly discovering the so called “bottom billion” as a field for experimenting with new business models and water infrastructures like “Automatic water dispensers”. Christiane is drawing on STS, governmentality studies and ethnographic approaches. The project is funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.
Before starting her PhD she was working as a research assistant in the BMBF-financed project EuroGaps - External Relations and External Perceptions of the EU in sub-Saharan Africa and the Black Sea Region at Frankfurt University.
Christiane studied human geography in Munich, Frankfurt and Groningen. In her master thesis she focused on a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she analysed practices of transnational and state governmentality in the field of garbage collection in Cairo, Egypt.