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Dr. Malve Jacobsen

Postdoctoral Researcher


Postal Address: Meckenheimer Allee 166, D-53115 Bonn

Office: Geozentrum, Meckenheimer Allee 176

Room: 0.021

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Phone: +49 (0)228 73 - 68710

Office hours: 

during semester break: by arrangement by email (12.02., 26.02. and 10.03.) 





Selected Talks



Malve works as a postdoc at the Department of Geography Bonn in the research group Verne (Development Geography) since March 2019.

During her doctorate (2014-2019), Malve was part of the research group Boeckler at the Department of Human Geography at Goethe University Frankfurt, where she also taught and supervised students. In her dissertation, she dealt with the globally circulating policy model Bus Rapid Transit and its implementation in Dar es Salaam. From 2014 until 2017, Malve held a scholarship from Hans Böckler foundation, and was a member of URBANgrad, the graduate school of Technical University Darmstadt.

Malve holds a B.A. in Area Studies Asia/Africa and an M.A. in Human Geography, both from Humboldt University Berlin. She also studied at the State University of Zanzibar and Université Rennes II. From a postcolonial perspective, she wrote her B.A. thesis on gender relations in contemporary Kiswahili literature (2011), and her M.A. thesis on transitional processes of Johannesburg’s (in-)formal recycling system (2014). 
During her studies and her doctoral research, Malve acquired experiences in different research institutes (Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning/Erkner, Department of Transport Geography/HU Berlin, Department of African Studies/HU Berlin). She has also gained practical experiences working in the fields of politics, planning, consulting, and journalism (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy/Nairobi, Chipua Institute for Social Transformation/Dar es Salaam, Ecumenical Network Central Africa/Berlin, Deutsche Welle/Bonn, Neighbourhood Management/Berlin).



In her postdoctoral project Urban Mobility at the Seaside: Risk Governance and Future Imaginaries, Malve examines the relations between transport systems and climate change on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Being part of the project 'Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World', Malve examines crisis-like moments of heavy rainfall, urban strategies for coping with it, and potentials for learning from various local and global, historical, and future-oriented resources.

Malve is interested in debates of economic, cultural and urban geography, as well as the nexus of Policy Mobility Studies, Science and Technology Studies and Postcolonial Studies. She has a regional focus on Eastern and Southern Africa, on Berlin and the Rhine Main Area. In this context, Malve applies ethnographic perspectives, and works with methods of qualitative social research.



Peer Reviewed

2020   Centralise, Digitalise, Technologise: Sustainable Transformation of Public Transport? In: Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy. Special Issue: Socio-cultural Dimensions of Mobility Transitions to Come. (accepted)

2019   Disciplining Bus Rapid Transit in Dar es Salaam: Single Shoes, Special Seats, and Thick Concrete. In: Anthropolitan. Special Issue: Complex[c]ity – Change. Powers. Life. Gefka e.V. (ed.): Institute for Cultural Anthropology & European Ethnology, Goethe-University Frankfurt. (accepted)

2015   Schnellbusse auf der Überholspur. Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit als Wegbereiter nachhaltiger urbaner Mobilität?. In: RaumPlanung (182/6-2015) & TRIALOG (120/121-2/2015), 66-73.


Book Chapters

2018   Unemployment Benefit Recipients. Causes, Reactions and Consequences of Housing Relocations. (with N. Grotefendt, T. Kohlsdorf & L. Wegener) In: Helbrecht, I. (ed.): Gentrification and Resistance. Researching Displacement Processes and Adaptation Strategies. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 161-187.

2016   Die Wohnsituation von ALG II Empfänger_innen in Berlin. Prozesse wenn der Umzug naht. 
(with N. Grotefendt, T. Kohlsdorf & L. Wegener) In: Helbrecht, I. (ed.): Gentrifizierung in Berlin. Verdrängungsprozesse und Bleibestrategien. Bielefeld: transcript, 185-213.


Working Papers/Others

2018   Pedestrian Mobility for Urban Growth. Walking and its Links to Transportation. Practical Guidance and Good Practice Examples. (together with Carrigan, Aileen; Julie Babinard; Michael King; Christopher Kost; Jacob Mason; Luc Nadal and Christopher Van Eyken): Washington: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank. 

2017   Temporalities of Assembling Transport Systems. Presences and Absences in an Intermittent Process. In: Mewes, J. S. & E. Sørensen (ed.): Ethnographies of Objects in Science and Technology Studies. Ruhr-University Bochum, 52-64.

2013–2014   Collectors between Formality and Informality (Johannesburg), Bottle Collectors in Public Urban Space (Berlin). Blog The (in)formal city (with Tebogo Ramatlo)

2010   „Wir wollen den Besten für Tansania“. Deutsche Welle, Afrika.ür-tansania/a-6161388 


Selected Talks

09/2019: When the Travelling Model Arrives: Adaptation and Resistance in Global Infrastructure Planning (Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, Kiel)
09/2019: When Transport Infrastructures Encounter Water: Perspectives from the Indian Ocean Coast (invited talk at Vellore Institute of Technology)
02/2019: Assembling Bus Rapid Transit in Dar es Salaam: Global Planning, Effective Controversies and the Production of Success (Disputationsvortrag, Goethe Universität Frankfurt)
01/2019: Bus Rapid Transit: Disziplinierende Technologie oder ‘modernes Minibus-System’? (Neue Kulturgeographie XVI, Eichstätt)
01/2018: Gathering ‘Global Forms’: Materialisations of a Globally Circulating Transport Model (Neue Kulturgeographie XV, Freiburg)
08/2017: Global Consultants in the Global South: Expertise, Ideology and Development Aid (RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London)
02/2017: Global Circulations of ‘Successful’ Transport Systems: Bus Rapid Transit Travelling to Dar es Salaam (Department of Human Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt)
11/2016: Mass Rapid Transit: Options for East African Cities (Sustainable Transport in East Africa Conference, Nairobi, mit Achieng Abira)
11/2016: The Global Making of Bus Rapid Transit. Is DART a Success? (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, Nairobi)
09/2016: Assembling Bus Rapid Transit: Planning Controversies of the Material and Operational (4S/EAAST Conference: Science and Technology by Other Means, Barcelona)
03/2016: Approaching the Objects Themselves: Methodological Theorisations of Global BRT Models (Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco)
06/2015: The Global Making of Bus Rapid Transit Systems (URBANgrad, Technical University Darmstadt)
03/2015: Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit: The User as Co-Producer? (PhD Training Week: Decentralizing Infrastructures in East Africa, Dar es Salaam)



Summer term 2020:

Humangeographie Aufbau (Seminar)

Wed 8-12, Ü III

Winter term 2019/2020:

Humangeographie Aufbau (Seminar)
Wed 12-14, Ü VI

Globale Mobilitäten (Projektseminar)

Thu 14-18,, Ü II

Summer term 2019:

Humangeographie Aufbau (Seminar)
Tue 10-12, Ü VII


Malve Jacobsen supervises bachelor theses that deal with questions of human geography, in particular on (global) mobility, infrastructure politicsSouth-North and South-South relations, and relationships between humans, technologies and nature.

Teaching at Goethe University Frankfurt:
Summer term 2018: (Post-)Kolonialismus: Geographische Perspektiven (Seminar, Bachelor Geography)

Winter term 2017/18: The Work of Global Production (Reading Course, Bachelor Geography)

Summer term 2017: (Post-)Koloniale Geographien (Seminar, with Alev Coban, Bachelor Geography)

Summer term 2016: Geographien des Globalen Südens (Seminar, with Alev Coban, Bachelor Geography)



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