I am an Urban Development Researcher currently working at the IPS research group at the Department of Spatial Planning. I am also pursuing my Doctoral studies on Urban Mobility and Justice with a focus on non-motorized transport in Nairobi.
Before joining TU Dortmund, I worked with the Development Planning Unit, UCL London, on Complex Land Markets and Spatial Justice research in Uganda and Somaliland, and earlier on I worked at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam where, besides teaching and developing courses, was involved with research for the UN-Habitat State of African Cities 2018 report. I am also a board member of the TRIALOG Journal for Planning and Building in a Global Context serving as the coordinating editor.
Since 2020: Doctoral candidate, Working title: “Urban Mobility and Spatial Justice: Prospects of non-motorized transport in Nairobi”, Department of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund, Germany
2014 – 2015: Study of urban management and development, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, M.Sc.
2013 – 2014: Certificate in “Development Project Management”, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, USA
2008 – 2012: B.Sc. Environment and Urban Planning, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Since 2020: Research assistant, IPS, Department of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund
2019 – 2020: Researcher on urban residential land markets and spatial justice, Development Planning Unit, UCL
2017 – 2018: Research consultant for urban development and land markets in Uganda and Somaliland, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam.
2015 – 2017: Academic research assistant, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
2012 – 2014: Assistant project coordinator, Nippon Koei/JICA, Nairobi, Kenya
2011 – 2012: Graduate environmental planner, GIBB International Ltd, Nairobi, Kenya
2012: Associate management trainer, Van Horn Consulting, Nairobi, Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda
2012: Project assistant, Edge Associates, Nairobi, Kenya
2009 – 2010: Volunteer at Kenya Wildlife Service, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
2009: Associate consultant, KAT Systems Consultants, Nairobi, Kenya
Swahili: Mother tongue
English: Business fluent
German: Competent language use
French: Basic knowledge
Infrastructure-led development in rapidly urbanizing cities
Wall, R., Nyamai, D. and McAweeny, C. (2018) ‘Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment into Africa’s Knowledge-based Industries’, in State of African Cities: The geography of African investment. UN Habitat, Part B, Chapter 4, pp 162 – 171.
Wall, R., Nyamai, D. and Asubonteng, A. (2018) ‘FDI and the African Food Security Paradox’, in State of African Cities: The geography of African investment. UN Habitat, Part B, Chapter 7, pp 192-201.
Wall, R., Nyamai, D. and Malegaonkar, M. (2018) ‘The Effect of Green Competitiveness on FDI. State of African Cities’, in State of African Cities: The geography of African investment. UN Habitat, Part B, Chapter 10, pp 222-231
Nyamai, D. (2015) ‘The Competitiveness of Port cities and Non-Port cities-Published’, ISOCARP.
AfDB, OECD, and UNDP (2016) ‘How sustainable cities can contribute to Africa’s development’, in Africa Economic Outlook. AfDB; OECD; UNDP, Chapter 7, pp 207-209.
– supervision in English only –
Urban Mobility and Accessibility
Urban Development and Resilience
Social, Spatial and Mobility [in]justices
Urban Land Use and Management
Currently taught courses (WiSe 2023):
There will be no courses taught by Dorcas Nthoki Nyamai in the winter semester 2023/24
Selected past courses:
B.Sc. Spatial Planning: F02 "My Way or the Highway: Sustainable Urban Mobility in Namibia" (2022/2023)
B.Sc. Spatial Planning: F03 “Displaced, Misplaced or Replaced? Spaces of Urban Regeneration and Inclusivity” (2021/2022)
B.Sc. Spatial Planning: F 06 “Beyond Cities: Unveiling the Hinterlands of Today and Tomorrow”(2021/2022)
B.Sc. Spatial Planning: F 02 “There is an app for that: Intelligent urban mobility, its impact and future” (2020/21)