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Christina Milos

“Anticipatory Urbanization Strategies for In Situ Oil Sands Extraction in Nigeria”

Christina Milos

University of Hannover, Germany, Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies, Fall 2015

Rooted in historical awareness of Nigerian oil extraction practices and subsequent informal urban growth, Christina’s project at Dumbarton Oaks explores how Nigeria’s productive landscapes could engage in future urbanization processes. Nigeria’s oil sands development is expected to trigger a transformation of earth across a 140 km territory accompanied by rapid informal urbanization. This research asks: How might Nigeria’s future in-situ oil sands industry transform urban and rural landscapes? What are potential transformative actions and decision points that may structure this future landscape? The objective of the fellowship period is to use the findings from case studies, spatial mapping, and interviews to model explorative scenarios for Nigeria’s future oil sands landscapes.

Christina Milos is presently pursuing a PhD in landscape architecture at the University of Hannover, Germany, where she managed research projects and taught undergraduate and graduate level classes from 2012–14. Prior to becoming a Mellon Fellow, she spent a year in Nigeria on a Fulbright grant conducting field interviews and participatory mapping exercises as part of her PhD fieldwork. Christina received her master in landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, her master's thesis was completed with distinction and awarded several awards, including a national Honor Award in Analysis and Planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has worked on regional planning and urbanization projects in several countries, including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, China, and Haiti. Recent consulting work includes developing regional policy recommendations for conflict-affected northern Nigeria for the World Bank and analyzing potential social and environmental impacts of oil sands development in Nigeria for the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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