Kagure Wamunyu of Oxford University will speak at a seminar co-sponsored by the Global Metropolitan Studies program and the Institute for Transportation Studies on November 17th, 2017. The seminar runs 4 - 5pm, and cookies are available starting at 3:30pm.
Her talk will examine how, as ride-sharing technology companies enter the African Continent to tap into its market of one billion people, African cities are adopting and responding to the technology in different ways. Looking at Kenya, a country that prides itself as the tech hub of Africa, there has been wide-spread adoption of Uber but not without significant opposition from certain transportation stakeholders. What are the factors that have influenced this adoption of ride-sharing technology as a mode of transportation in Nairobi, and how has government responded to opposition to the disrupter in the transport industry? In addition, are there factors that are influencing Uber’s impact on the workforce in Kenya as compared to the US?