Aïdas Sanogo

PhD candidate (Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät)

Curriculum Vitae

Aïdas Sanogo is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel. The project she is working on, “Corruption, conflict and cities in West and East Africa” is led by Prof. Till Förster and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This research project explores the relationship between corruption, conflict and political transformations in urban contexts. Aïdas’ thesis more specifically focuses on the intertwined links between urban governance and city dwellers’ representations of access to land in the city of Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire.

Aïdas holds a Master degree in Cultural Anthropology from Uppsala University, Sweden and a Bachelor degree in Sociology, from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Her Master thesis is titled “behind the scenes: urban planning and resettlement of displaced people following the flooding of the 1st September 2009 in Burkina Faso”. This thesis revolves around urban planning and how people cope with resettlement and housing issues in a context of disaster.

In 2012, she also conducted a two month internship within the “urban dynamic cluster” at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.

Focus in Research

Research areas: Land issues, urban planning, displacement, resettlement, political transformations.

Regional focus: West Africa

Research Project

2014-2017: Corruption, Conflict and Cities in East and West Africa


Sanogo, Aïdas (2017): Tell Me Who Your Neighbour Is and I Will Tell You Who You Are. Settlement Patterns in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. In: Basel Papers on Political Transformations 13/14: 7-24.

Sanogo, Aïdas (2017): Images and Imageries of Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. In: Basel Papers on Political Transformations 11/12: 47-61.

Ammann, Carole; Sanogo, Aïdas (2017): Secondary Cities - The Urban Middle Ground. An Introduction. In: Basel Papers on Political Transformations 11/12: 5-9.