For this research project we worked with residents and humanitarians at Dzaleka refugee camp, Malawi, to analyze the farming practices and alternative modes of organizing everyday life that camp residents develop. We explored how forced migrants and refugees build sustainable livelihoods in economically and politically liminal spaces, and how humanitarian place making can support such living spaces amid conditions of precarity, environmental crisis and multiple vulnerabilities.
As research associate I was responsible for designing and coordinating data collection activities in Dzaleka camp in Malawi. Data collection activities were centred around reimagining methods of citizen science evironmental data collection via practices of hacking, data exploration workshops, participatory video making and spatialised video geonarratives.
This project was led by Dr Lazaros Karaliotas (PI) and colleagues from the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at University of Glasgow and the Department of Environmental Sciences at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi. ​​​​​​​
Testing Soil Samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Testing Soil Samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Using indicator paper Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Using indicator paper Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Gardening at Dzaleka Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Gardening at Dzaleka Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Data Analysis Workshop Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Data Analysis Workshop Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Testing samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Testing samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Collecting Samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Collecting Samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Reading water test Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Reading water test Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Testing samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
Testing samples Credit: Philip J Nicholson (CC BY-NC-ND)
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