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Understanding infrastructure interfaces: common ground for interdisciplinary urban research?

Beall, Jo, Cherenet, Zegeye, Cirolia, Liza, Parnell, Sue, Rode, Philipp and Da Cruz, Nuno (2019) Understanding infrastructure interfaces: common ground for interdisciplinary urban research? Journal of the British Academy. ISSN 2052-7217 (In Press)

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Abstract

Urban development is a complex, multidimensional process that no single discipline can understand, explain and address adequately. In the case of infrastructure, different disciplines address specific issues – technical problems, social dynamics, political power, - yet in reality these often intersect. This article documents the experience of analysing the governance of infrastructure interfaces through a multidisciplinary case study of transport and sanitation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The analysis relied on combining established frameworks applied to social and technical analysis, alongside that of the analysis of institutions and integrated planning. Scholars from development studies, planning and transport studies, architecture and engineering, anthropology, geography, political science and public administration were involved. Each provided conceptual and methodological approaches of value but with some proving more synergetic than others. Overall the process itself yielded considerable benefits for the joint research endeavour and confirmed the validity and additionality of interdisciplinarity in infrastructure research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The British Academy
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 16:27
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101049

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