Camp Space and Urbanity in Goma, Eastern DR Congo

Ethnographic research into everyday life and spatial dynamics of peacekeeping camps within the urban fabric of the city of Goma (DRC). This thesis project is part of the comparative project “Making the City: Agency, Urbanity, and Urbanisation in Ordinary Cities” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Supervisor:Manuel Herz

Co-Supervisor: Till Förster und Sophie Oldfield


Maren Larsen is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Anthropology and in the Urban Studies department at the University of Basel. Prior to joining the Institute, Maren worked as a Research Associate for the Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD) in Cambridge, MA, where she maintains a Research Affiliate status. She has also held consultant positions with the OECD and the UNESCO-based International Association of Universities in Paris, France.

She holds a B.A. with honors in the liberal arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with majors in International Studies and Political Science and a certificate in African Studies. She graduated summa cum laude from Sciences Po Paris in 2013 with an M.Sc. from the “Governing the Large Metropolis” program.



“Humanitarian responses by local actors: Lessons learned from managing the transit of migrants and refugees through Croatia.” Maren Larsen, Elma Demir, Maja Horvat. IIED August 2016;

“Urban Migration Trends in the Middle East and North Africa Region and the Challenge of Conflict-Induced Displacement.” Mona Serageldin, François Vigier, Maren Larsen. 2015 World Migration Report. International Organization of Migration. December 2014;

«Xool nu bu baax: Hip-Hop, Youth Movements, and Change in Senegal” in Changing Cities: Climate, Youth, and Land Markets in Urban Areas. Edited by Lauren E. Herzer. Wilson Center. USAID. 2012;


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Portrait Maren Larsen G3S 2018

Maren Larsen
Urban Studies
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4051 Basel

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