From the City to the Desert: Analysing shantytown resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from residents’ perspectives

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International Institute of Social Studies
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Erasmus University
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Ruhr University Bochum
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Ruhr University Bochum
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International Institute of Social Studies
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Erasmus University
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International Institute of Social Studies
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Erasmus University
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International Institute of Social Studies
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Erasmus University
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University of the Witwatersrand
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National School of Architecture, Rabat
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Birkbeck University London
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Ruhr University Bochum
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International Institute of Social Studies
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Erasmus University
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International Institute of Social Studies
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Friday, 5 Apr 2019, 16:00

End date

Friday, 5 Apr 2019, 17:30

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Aula B
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International Institute of Social Studies
Raffael Beier

On 5 April 2019, PhD researcher Raffael Beier (under the joint supervision of ISS/EUR and Ruhr University Bochum) will defend his thesis entitled 'From the City to the Desert: Analysing shantytown resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from residents’ perspectives'.

Since the mid-1990s, the majority of the Moroccan population are living in cities – many of them in informal, self-built shantytowns called bidonvilles. After the suicide bombings in the city centre of Casablanca, carried out by bidonville dwellers in 2003, the Moroccan government re-enhanced its efforts to tackle the ‘problem’ of shantytowns by announcing the ambitious programme Villes Sans Bidonvilles (VSB, Cities Without Shantytowns). 

Raffael Beier's thesis emphasizes that the VSB programme, which, although formally part of anti-poverty and urban inclusion policies, puts a primary focus on the clearance of the bidonville. Following a rather narrow interpretation of the right to adequate housing, the VSB programme overemphasizes physical housing standards while ignoring aspects of socio-spatial integration.

Beier's thesis and this Public Defence is part of a joint PhD with Ruhr University, Bochum.

 

The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Atrium of the ISS. And the professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

This Public Defence may broadcast on ISS livestream. If so, you will be able to watch the Public Defence live at www.iss.nl/live and later on on the ISS YouTube channel.