With interest in heterogeneous, socio-technical realities of the urban everyday, I am a doctoral researcher and lecturer at IPS. My PhD project explores practices, technologies, and infrastructures of private storage (water and electricity) in Nairobi, Kenya. I am also a member of the “Urban waterscapes and the pandemic” research project and an associated member of the integrated research training group at the DFG-funded collaborative research center “Re-Figuration of Spaces” (CRC 1265).
Before joining IPS, I worked for Goethe-Institut Kenya, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Samuel Hall, and others in research, design, cultural events, public relations, and editing. As an employee and freelancer, I have collaborated with international and local organizations (UNICEF, Africa Collect Textiles, etc.) in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, and Tanzania.
Since 2020: Water tanks, jerry cans, power banks: Artefacts and practices of storage as part of heterogeneous infrastructure configurations in Nairobi (PhD project)
Schramm, S., Kasper, M., Bohlen, S. et al (2023) ‘Governing pandemic waterscapes: Covid-19 and Nairobi metropolitan services as co-catalysts of waterscape changes’, Water Alternatives, 16(2), pp. 750-768.
Kasper, M. and Schramm, S. (2023) ‘Storage city: Water tanks, jerry cans, and batteries as infrastructure in Nairobi’, Urban Studies. doi:10.1177/00420980221144575.
Kasper, M. and Stroomer, E. (2021) ‘Multiplying textile lives. Textile collection and recycling in urban Africa’, AGATHÓN, 9, pp. 224–231. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/9222021.
Stroomer, E., Kasper, M. and Andrew-Essien, E. (2020) Textile Collection for Re-Use and Recycling in Lagos, Nigeria – Context, Constraints, Opportunities – Final Report. Africa Collect Textiles.
co-authored – Samuel Hall (2019) Dropping Out? A Participatory Exploration of Adolescent School Journeys in Zambia. UNICEF Zambia.
co-authored – Samuel Hall (2018) Watoto Kwanza: Improving access to and quality of early childhood education in Zanzibar – Final Evaluation. Dubai Cares.
Kniess, B. et al (2017) Plattentektonik – Wohnen im Spannungsfeld von Plan und Wirklichkeit. Hamburg: HafenCity Universität.
co-authored – Samuel Hall (2017) Coming Together: A critical analysis of key issues, actors and tools in the current global landscape of Family Tracing & Reunification. IKEA Foundation.
co-authored – Samuel Hall (2017) Youth Employment in Kenya: Literature Review. British Council.
co-authored – Samuel Hall (2017) Hope behind bars: the boys of the Kabul JRC. Children in Crisis.
Kasper, M. (2016) ‘The Yard: A space for everyone?’, ANZA (East African Architecture), 8.
Kasper, M., Kengyel, N., Colson, A. and Trianti, A. (2016) ‘Absence: Architectural reconfigurations in time and space’, PLAT Journal, 6.
I am happy to supervise theses in German or English language, which are linked to one or more of the following points:
Everyday practices and everyday urbanism
Cities in the global south, especially Sub-Saharan Africa
The application of topics/ discourses from the global south to spaces/ phenomena in the global north