Ecologies of Belonging and Exclusion: An Intersectional Analysis of Urban Citizenship in Kuwait City

Principal Investigator: Dr Nazanin Shahrokni
Duration: September 2021 to August 2022

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The project maps aspects of contemporary urban citizenship in Kuwait City from an intersectional perspective and explores how political and economic actors produce or mitigate power and inequalities that, in turn, give shape to Kuwait City.

Urban citizenship is a constellation of complex processes which enable city dwellers to participate fully and equally in the life of a city. Considerable attention has been given to factors that inhibit its actualization in the form of exclusion, with emphasis on economic disadvantage and the inability to escape from it. However economic disadvantage is but one of an array of intersecting conditions.

To explore how life in Kuwait City is experienced differentially and hierarchically, but also how the ensuing inequalities can be addressed, the project focuses on three key indicators of urban citizenship notably mobility, public space access and availability, and access to health and facilitation of healthy lifestyles.


Principal Investigator


Nazanin Shahrokni

Nazanin is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Globalisation in the Department for Gender Studies, LSE.


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Spyros Sofos

Spyros is a Research Officer in the LSE Middle East Centre.

 Research Assistants


Layan Al Dabt

Layan is Programs Manager and Design Lead at en.v, a Kuwait-based civil society organization working for a more united, compassionate and resilient society both locally and globally. She holds a BA in International Relations from the American University of Kuwait and is also the co-founder of Hikayitna, an oral history initiative seeking to document the collective memory and lived experiences of Palestinians within the diaspora.

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Muneera AlYahya

Muneera is a researcher and documentary photographer interested in investigating the power dynamics that shape local visual and cultural production in Kuwait. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and a Higher Diploma in Cultural Studies from Kuwait University, and currently works on documenting family homes built in the early post oil era.