Place identity and urban planning: The case of Tuti Island, Khartoum, the Sudan

Researcher:

Azza Mustafa Ahmed

Research Area:

B


The overall objective of this study is to closely examine the socio-political, economic and environmental factors that stand behind the urban space production and built environment formation in a Sudanese community with reference to Tuti Island. This island is located at the junction of the Blue Nile with the White Nile in Khartoum State the capital region of Sudan. This study will be guided by three main research questions: 1. What are the socio-political, economic and environmental factors that produce the urban  space in Tuti Island? 2. How do these factors interact in their process of urban space production? 3. Why are these factors crucial for an understanding of the current urban space production in a Sudanese community? More precisely, this study will focus on closely examining the role of different national policies regarding urban planning implemented by successive governments of Sudan on the urban space production and the built environment of Tuti Island (from the British colonial era to the National Congress Party (NCP) government) to study the local initiatives that were involved in the process of planning the island and how their interaction through place identity politics with the policy makers and planners on the national and local levels interactions to the process of urban space production and the built environment of Tuti Island; to examine the impact of global forces represented in the main economic and political reforms (e.g. privatisation, market liberalisation, and the so called Public Interest reforms) on the livelihood of the people of Tuti Island and how they contribute to the urban space production and the built environment of the island; to understand how oil production and the booming real estate market forces are represented at the local level of the island and how they intervene in the process of urban space production and the built environment.