AG Routines and Ruptures in Cultures and Cities (Krüger)
Our research focuses on Geographical Development Studies, Vulnerability, Risk and Disasters and Urban Studies
Members of R2C2 working group are committed to the inter- and transdisciplinary – albeit sometimes normative – analysis of lifeworlds and livelihoods.
These are challenged, contested, and constantly transforming in the context of social pressures, environmental and climate change, hazards and risks, often associated with contradicting perceptions and preferences, and unequal power relations.
Research focus & topics
We view culture as a multiplicity of fields of practice, embedded in social and environmental contexts that are often situational, and marked by an array of singularities. Our work is informed by theoretical and conceptual approaches including, but not confined to, theories of practice, political ecology, political economy, institutional economics, concepts of appropriation and belonging, or governance approaches.
Well, when we speak of routines, what we really mean are continuities. We found that “routines” just sounded cool, and the acronym R2C2 could give you all sorts of ideas – exactly what we aim at in our daily work. Most of us engage in Development Studies and in Urban Studies, often in the so-called Global South, but some of us would not subscribe to these terms. As a common denominator, however, we focus on urban development and ordering processes in cities, and on vulnerability patterns in risk and disaster contexts, mostly with a focus on (in)justice, severe ruptures in everyday life, and challenges and opportunities in adapting to, managing, or coping with, challenges and threats.
Current research topics include:
- linkages between culture(s) and disasters, and DRR (see Cultures and Disasters)
- the concept of “community” as a myth
- urbanisation, justice, and urban green infrastructure (see AfriCity)
- creative cities and the right to the city
Current research projects
- AfriCity (Adaptability, Food Security, Risk, and the Right to the City in Sub-Saharan Africa)
- JustUrban / JustUrban+ (Towards Resilient Cities, Green Urban Infrastructure and Sustainable Livelihoods: Dynamics of the Just City, the Right to the City, and Food and Nutrition Security)
- Cultures and Disasters
- World Disasters Report 2014 – Culture and Risk
- HIV/AIDS in Botswana – Cultures of Adherence and Resillience
- “La Crisis Sísmica” – Fields of practice in the context of emerging risk cultures (the case of El Hierro)
- LUNA – Livelihoods, Urbanisation and Natural Resources in Africa
- “Festivalisation” of Urban Governance: The Production of Socio-Spatial Control in the Context of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa
- Forschungs- und Lehrprojekte zu “Stadt der Zukunft 2030-2050”
- editing of the IFRC World Disasters Report 2014 on Risk and Culture (F. Krüger together with T. Cannon, G. Bankoff, L. Schipper)
- a book on Cultures and Disasters (F. Krüger and B. Orlowski with T. Cannon, G. Bankoff and L. Schipper)
- and a book on Post-Apartheid Cities (C. Haferburg with M. Huchzermeyer)
…to name but a few.