As a PhD candidate Anais De Keijser is doing research on social injustice in the Bujumbura water system. Building on a theoretical framework of Complex Socio-Technical Systems. Simultaneously Anais is also working as the Programme Manager of the International Master of Science in 'International Cooperation in Urban Development' at the Technical University of Darmstadt, partly funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus Mundus Programme.
I am very much interested in issues related to urbanisation in developing countries. As a strong believer of the importance of inter-connectivity and inter-depence of urban systems I find it important to consider the complexity of the processes that we as planners of tomorrow must learn to work with. As planners we must stay open to multi-disciplinary strategies and consider context specific dynamics of urbanism. Informality in the urbanization process is a concept of primordial importance not only in the global south but in cities all around the world.
This research aims to expand Susan Feinstein’s urban theory on justice in order to make it relevant to more than just a limited amount of wealthy, western cities. This will be done building on Jennifer Robinson’s concept of the Ordinary City which argues that all cities can contribute to urban theory, not merely those considered as global or world class cities. Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, is a city that has been near to invisible in urban debates, however in this work it is used as a case study through which the Just City concept is expanded. This expansion not only in terms of cities ‘off the map’ but also beyond urban revitalization projects by applying the concept to the analysis of an urban water system. Based on policy analysis, the purpose of this work is to evaluate urban processes in and out of the formal framework in regards to justice and formulate recommendations with the aim of improving the quality of life of the less-well off in urban areas.