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Sinofinancialization and urban change in Addis Ababa and Nairobi: an ethnography of private Chinese capital in African cities.

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Project "SURGE" data sheet

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Coordinator
POLITECNICO DI TORINO 

Organization address
address: CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24
city: TORINO
postcode: 10129
website: www.polito.it

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 194˙433 €
 EC max contribution 194˙433 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-10-01   to  2023-09-30

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLITECNICO DI TORINO IT (TORINO) coordinator 194˙433.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN ZA (RONDEBOSCH) partner 0.00

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 Project objective

SURGE is a qualitative, ethnographic study of urban transformation driven by private Chinese capitals in Africa.

Current research on Africa-China relationships focuses on major government-driven investments, such as the Belt and Road initiative, which is the most recent example of China’s increasing presence in Africa. Scholarly attention is thus directed toward the state and the continental scale, overlooking private and provincial Chinese investments in Africa and their consequences on cities. Very little is known about non-state-driven financial operations of Chinese entrepreneurs, or about the responses of African cities to the influx of Chinese capitals.

SURGE addresses these knowledge gaps with an urban ethnography of the sinofinancialization of two African cities that offer two different models of China’s involvement in Africa: Addis Ababa, for manufacturing, and Nairobi, for high-value services. The research will explore the key urban sites of these financial operations: special economic zones, new towns, technology hubs and master-planned estates, charting the spatial and economic consequences of private Chinese capitals in the making of 21st-century African urban worlds. Methodologically, SURGE will be a multi-sited ethnography of financialization and will combine two disciplines: economic geography and social studies of finance.

The overall aim of SURGE is to contribute to postcolonial urban studies, by foregrounding the diversity of Chinese capital in Africa, and the agency of African cities in attracting and harnessing these investments for purposes of social justice and sustainability that are at the forefront of urban restructuring in the continent.

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