Cross-cutting Methods for Nuanced Reading of African Urban Communities

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The paper pursued a methodological query into the urban forms in Addis Ababa known as Sefers. Based on three case 'sefers' and employing a cross-disciplinary approach, it presents cases of state owned ‘informality’ where communities use rented housing to generate livelihoods and social security. Using in-depth interviews and visual ethnographic mapping, it files cases to the larger argument, the need for context driven reading of African cities.
Period17 Jun 2020
Event titleThe City and Complexity: Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Visual Ethnography
  • Cognitive Borders
  • African Urban Communities
  • Addis Ababa's 'Sefers'