Joris Tieleman is a PhD candidate with a joint appointment at the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
His PhD project “Mapping the city from below: the management of hyper-urbanization in Ghanaian cities” is aimed at studying socio-spatial dynamics in the newly forming neighborhoods of rapidly expanding Accra. In the traditional Ghanaian village community, social roles, groups and boundaries are clearly defined and very stable. The move to urban areas puts people in a highly complex and unfamiliar environment, often characterized by a lack of basic services.
How do people cope with this transition, what social structures arise in these newly formed neighborhoods? This is the first goal of this research project: to investigate, from a socio-spatial perspective, the social and economic structure of three recently formed neighborhoods in Accra, including the surrounding urban areas to which the livelihoods of their inhabitants extend. A second goal is to develop visual, cartographic representations of different dimensions (social, economic, etc.) of these urban areas. These can form a powerful tool to improve a more intuitive understanding of the local context.
Joris previously obtained a Master’s in Spatial Economics at the Vrije University, Amsterdam, and a Master’s in Human Geography at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. After completing his Master’s, he spent a year in Berlin working as GIS/cartography specialist at a small research firm. He is very much interested in the possibilities of GIS in the context of urban research and the power of cartography as a communicative tool. For his Master’s Thesis at the UvA, he created several video maps showing the patterns of gentrification spreading throughout Amsterdam over the past 25 years.
Supervisor: prof.dr. Justus Uitermark