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Research proj­ect

MiTra-WA - Mi­gra­tion and Translocality in West Africa: An Analysis of Mi­gra­tion, Urbanisation and Climate Change

Project duration: 04/2021 to 03/2024

The main goal of the proj­ect is to better understand rural-urban and cross-border migration and how they are linked with environmental changes and urban growth in West Africa. As a first step the proj­ect conducts a comprehensive quantitative analysis of rural-urban mobilities using fine-grained data on demographic, climatological and other environmental changes – particularly land-use changes. In a second step (bi-local) qua­li­ta­ti­ve case studies are conducted on translocal livelihoods and the impacts of rural-urban migration with a particular focus on land-use and the environment. On this basis proposals for policy, development projects and financing mecha­nisms will be developed that aim to counter the ne­ga­ti­ve con­se­quences of rural-urban migration. The overall proj­ect also supports eight doctoral re­search projects and feeds key findings into the existing BSc/MSc programmes at the partner universities.

Funding agency: 
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project partners:

  • Uni­ver­sity of Passau (UP): Chair of Human Geography (Germany) (proj­ect coordinator) 
  • Uni­ver­sity of Ghana: Centre for Mi­gra­tion Studies (CMS) (Ghana)
  • Universite de Ouagadougou: Institut Supérieur des Science de la Population (ISSP) (Burkina Faso)
  • Kwame Nkrumah Uni­ver­sity of Science and Technology (KNUST): College of Art and Built Environment: Department of Planning (Ghana)
  • Uni­ver­sity of Ibadan: Department of Agricultural Economics (Nigeria)



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Location & approach

The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Cam­pus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Cam­pus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Cam­pus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into Au­gust-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Cam­pus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Cam­pus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Cam­pus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Cam­pus is served by the Cam­pus Süd stop. 
A connection to Cam­pus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Cam­pus North and Cam­pus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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