Caitlin Blaser’s research tries to understand how local government responds to social and demographic changes. Her professional background is in the field of organisational development and monitoring and evaluation, and she’s excited about understanding how change in complex social systems is driven and measured. Her MA research looked at how decentralisation in Mali changed relationships between residents and local government.
Her current PhD research is exploring how municipal authorities in five South African communities are responding to migration. Themes include how administration facilitates or undermines participation, how decentralised planning takes place in a context of migration, and what role municipal authorities play in building social cohesion.