Alev Coban is working on her PhD project “Places and Practices of Innovation in Nairobi” at the Department of Human Geography since December 2014. She holds a B.A. in African Development Studies of Geography (2011, Bayreuth) and a M.A. in Geographies of Globalization: Markets and Metropolises (2014, Frankfurt am Main). Her master’s thesis focused on global connectivities, especially those established by ICTs in the Global South, and combined ethnographic approaches to infrastructures with epistemologies of Science and Technology Studies.

Alev is conducting her PhD within the postgraduate programme Urban Infrastructures in Transition which is sponsored by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. Interested in STS, postcolonial and ethnographic approaches focusing on global ‘North-South’ relations, she looks at places and practices of innovation in Nairobi. Specifically, she is interested in the socio-material practices of prototyping, making and innovating in the context of tremendous investment in technological development by multinationals and development organizations. Therefore, she highlights the techno-politics in engineering and hardware projects, the specific material arrangements in makerspaces as well as the political dimension of prototyping.

Alev Coban
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Arbeitsgruppe Boeckler

Institut für Humangeographie
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.
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D – 60323 Frankfurt am Main

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