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UrbanHIT – Urban Heterogeneity and Infrastructure Transitions

Research Team

In the Netherlands

At Utrecht University

Prof. Jochen Monstadt – Principal Investigator

Prof. Monstadt holds the Chair of Governance of Urban Transitions at Utrecht University. He contributes his international research expertise on the urban transition and governance of energy infrastructures and on urban infrastructures in East Africa to the project. [Read more]

Dr. Kei Otsuki – Co-Investigator

Dr. Otsuki is an assistant professor of International Development Studies at Utrecht University, specialized in development sociology and sustainability research. She contributes her expertise on critical approaches to international sustainable development and land-infrastructure relationship in the global South, including East Africa, to the project. [Read more]

Dr. Shaun Smith – Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Smith conducts his PhD research within the project at Utrecht University. He conducted his PhD research on electricity access in urban Kenya as well as postdoctoral studies on everyday urban energy access in Maputo. He is also part of the ‘Transforming Infrastructures for Sustainable Cities’ research hub at Utrecht University. [Read more]

Mathias Koepke – PhD Researcher

Mathias Koepke conducts his PhD research within the project at Utrecht University. He has a background in energy engineering and sustainable development, with a long track record of working on matters of energy access and provision in the global South. [Read more]

Practice Partners

Margriet Hartman – Environmental and social assessment expert

Margriet Hartman is team leader at the international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV. She contributes to the project her considerable experience over two decades in environmental and social assessments of international infrastructure projects for development banks and businesses.

 

The team in Tanzania and Mozambique

Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam

Prof. Wilbard Kombe – Co-Investigator Tanzania

Prof. Kombe acts as the focal point for the interaction between researchers and local stakeholders, organizes the Communities of Practice and locally disseminates the project’s insights. [Read more]

Dr. Daniel Msangi – Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Msangi conducts his PostDoc research in Dar es Salaam within the project. He acts as the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Ardhi University. His background lies in land use planning. [Read more]

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

Dr. Marlino Mubai – Co-Investigator Mozambique

Dr. Mubai is an assistant professor at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. He acts as the focal point for the interaction between researchers and local stakeholders, organizes the Communities of Practice and locally disseminates the project’s insights.

Dr. Eléusio Viegas Filipe – Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Filipe is a lecturer and researcher at the History department at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique. He conducts his PostDoc research at within the project.