Maren Larsen is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Anthropology and in the Urban Studies department at the University of Basel. Prior to joining the Institute, Maren worked as a Research Associate for the Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD) in Cambridge, MA, where she maintains a Research Affiliate status. She has also held consultant positions with the OECD and the UNESCO-based International Association of Universities in Paris, France.
She holds a B.A. with honors in the liberal arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with majors in International Studies and Political Science and a certificate in African Studies. She graduated summa cum laude from Sciences Po Paris in 2013 with an M.Sc. from the “Governing the Large Metropolis” program.
Maren’s PhD research focuses on practices of urban planning and dynamics of urbanization in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Her project falls under the larger project Making the City: Agency, Urbanity, and Urbanisation in Ordinary Cities funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her PhD is supervised by architect Manuel Herz and Prof. Till Förster.