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, marketization studies, governmentality studies and ethnographic approaches.
Christiane studied human geography in Munich, Frankfurt and Groningen. 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. Amongst others, her task was to carry out a lexikometric analysis of newspaper articles from Kenya, Senegal, Georgia and Ukraine to uncover these countries’ discursive perceptions of the EU.
Influenced by political geographical perspectives from EuroGaps, in her Master thesis Christiane analysed practices of transnational and state governmentality in the field of garbage collection in Cairo, Egypt, focusing on a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her concern with marginalization and exclusion, as well as with (global) social inequalities extends through her research.
Christiane acquired funding for her Master research from the Frankfurt alumni association Geoprax as well as from the Vereinigung von Freunden und Förderern der Goethe Universität.
Her PhD project was partly funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, as well as by the Institute Français de recherche en Afrique (IFRA), Nairobi. To follow up on her research Christiane acquired (post-doc) funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for summer 2020