The aim of this project was to understand the way people experience the space in Marsabit (Eastern Province of Kenya), in order to achieve a deeper knowledge about its social and political reality. The use of maps turned out to be a good method to process qualitative data, to acquire additional information about the local community and to find out the actual perception of the town. To enquire the spatial dimension of ethnic relations may allow a better understanding of the actual reality of a region characterised by fragile political, economic and social balances.

The project has been developed in collaboration with the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin, and led by Erika Grasso in the framework of her Doctoral research. The collaboration aimed to:

  • organize and visualize the data collected on the ground by the research team

  • produce user-friendly cartographic products

  • map territorial and socio-economic resources.