The urban outcome of conflict mobilities in Kivu, DRC

This research project investigates the development of boomtowns in North and South Kivu that emerge from dynamics of violent conflict and (forced) mobility. The project is part of a broader research interest in the dynamic relationship between violent conflict and urbanization. Urbanization processes of agglomerations that have grown from IDP concentrations or from mining extraction serve as case-studies to investigate socio-economic transformations in a context of protracted violence and conflict from a spatial perspective. Rural-urban transformations and boomtown-urbanization in the Kivu provinces are being approached as demographic, spatial, socio-economic as well as political process. The research project is connected to the CRG research cluster of Resources and Conflict as well as the cluster Governance in Confict.