Research Design

  • Renard Teipelke
Part of the BestMasters book series (BEST)


In the most general terms, this thesis seeks to study the outcomes of the THIP in the Northern Nairobi Metropolitan Region. As the previous chapters have shown, there are many hidden factors involved in studying a large transportation infrastructure project. First of all, the analysis of this project requires one to open up the ‘black box’ THIP and to look closer into its idea, its design, its implementation, and then its outcomes. These four elements are all interconnected, build up on each other, and will thus be analyzed chronologically. In line with the argumentation of this thesis, the THIP is understood as a large transportation infrastructure project that was not created in an empty space. Therefore, the project’s elements will be discussed in light of the THIP’s strategic connection to Kenya Vision 2030. In addition, the analysis of the THIP should be presented within Kenya’s broader development framework; i.e. this project is seen as emerging from a distinct political-historical background of how politics and planning have been done in the country. As illustrated in figure 4.1, the five research perspectives introduced in the theoretical chapter of this thesis provide the critical research themes towards which the idea, design, implementation, and outcomes of the THIP will be analyzed as part of Kenya Vision 2030, embedded in the politics and planning context of Kenya.


Empirical Analysis Newspaper Article Field Visit Infrastructure Provision Hide Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human GeographyGoethe Universität FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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