Sagbo Rogatien Akohou Gbacada CV -

Sagbo Rogatien Akohou Gbacada

Sagbo Rogatien Akohou Gbacada has been working on his PhD project at the Chair for Spatial and Infrastructure Planning at the Technische Universität Darmstadt since July 2012.He holds an MSc of Spatial Planning from the Institute of Regional Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (2011), which he completed after his Professional Maitrise Degree in Local Development (Geography Studies) at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin (2005). Within the framework of the chair for Spatial and Infrastructure Planning and the graduate school for urban studies, he is conducting research in the field of infrastructure planning, co-evolution of cities and infrastructures, governance of urban infrastructures, as well as environmental and spatial issues associated with the sustainable development of water supply and wastewater systems in the city of Cotonou, Benin. In doing this, his dissertation combines approaches of both urban and infrastructure research.

PhD Project

Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in the Global South: Characteristics, Problems and Perspectives; the Case of Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in Cotonou, Benin

The sustainable development of the city in transition is a great challenge in the Global South, and questions of urban development in this part of the world attract more and more international attention (cf. UN-Habitat, 2010). In this context, the project focuses on the urban water supply and sanitation systems of the port city Cotonou, and through using theoretical and empirical terms will show the characteristics, problems and perspectives of integrated spatial and infrastructure planning.The three main objectives are:

  • Explanation of the urban and technical infrastructure spaces of Cotonou through the lens of the “modern infrastructure ideal”. Which specific infrastructure systems have historically grown in the city of Cotonou? To what extent did they follow the “modern infrastructure ideal”, and what local particularities have emerged?
  • Identification of the characteristics of water supply and sanitation in selected urban areas of Cotonou. Do the water supply and sanitation structures in the selected urban areas differ from each other?
  • Analysis of problems, the innovation potential, and planning tasks.
  • What tasks emerge, consequently, for spatial and infrastructure planning?

Derivation of recommendations for local decision-makers in the field of politics, administration, infrastructural service providers and public organizations.

University Studies and Degrees

Since 06/2012 Doctoral Studies at the Chair for Spatial and Infrastructure Planning, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
10/2008-04/2011 Master Studies of Spatial Planning in the Institute of Regional Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
10/1999-09/2005 Geography Studies for a Professional Maitrise Degree in Local Development at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Professional Experiences

10/2004-06/2007 Associate Consultant with Cabinet Tremplin, Cotonou (Benin)

Internships

06/-08/2009 Planer with the Regionalverband Mittlerer Oberrhein in Karlsruhe
10/2003-04/2004 Reseach Assistant with the Municipal Development Partnership in Eastern and Southern Africa (Cotonou, Benin)
07/2003 Project-Management Assistant in the implementation of a decentralized program between Picardie (France) and Collines (Benin) for community-development

Scholarships and Awards

08/2012-07/2015 Heinrich Böll Stiftung | PhD Studies Fellowship
12/2011-06/2012 Anna Ruths Stiftung | PhD Research Project Fellowship
06/2008-04/2011 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) | Masters Studies Fellowship

Publications

  • Akohou Gbacada, S. R. (2012): Straßenverkehr in einer Metropole einer Niedrigtechnologiemetropole am Beispiel von Cotonou, Bénin, ISBN:978-3-8428-8245-4 Diplomica Verlag GmbH, Hamburg.
  • Akohou Gbacada, S. R.; Christin Zeitz (2009): Verkehrsplanung in den Metropolen an der Küste des Golfes von Benin (Accra, Cotonou, Lagos und Lomé), 2008-2009 Studienprojekt, am Institut für Regionalwissenschaft- Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Akohou Gbacada, S. R. (2005): Mobilisation des ressources locales dans les collectivités décentralisées : cas de la commune d’Abomey, Maîtrise-Arbeit an der Universität Abomey-Calavi, Bénin, 2003-2004

Conferences

  • Upcoming International Conference (2015) organized by IGU Commission on Geography of Governance and the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning – University of Lisbon about “Local Government and Urban Governance: Citizen Responsive Innovations in Europe and in Africa” in Lisbon, Portugal from April 9-10, 2015. Presentation about Governance of Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in the Global South: Characteristics, Problems and Perspectives; the Case of Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in Cotonou, Benin.
  • Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Universität Darmstadt (2015): Interdisciplinary PhD Training Week, presentation in workshop “Beyond the networked city” of my research on Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in the Global South, March 9-14, 2015, in Dar es Salaam, Tansania.
  • VAD-Kongress (2014): Zukunft Afrika; participation in different panels such as Panel 24 on the creation of futures: models and ideals in planning African cities; VAD-Kongress 11-14 June, 2014, in Bayreuth, Germany.

Memberships

  • Förderverein der IWAR TU-Darmstadt
  • Lokale Gruppe der der Heinrich Böll Stiftung Darmstadt
  • ONG de Rencontre Africaine des Acteurs de Développement Local in Bénin
  • Alliance Internationale contre la Faim au Benin
  • Network for Adolescents and Youth of Africa, Benin
  • Fondement pour le Developpement Local, Benin

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