Having majored in spatialplanning in my undergraduate, I would like to continue with my studies in urbanplanning concentrating on development transition. In my final year I didresearch for my thesis in an urban slum in Kenya and this deepened my interestin urban planning studies. Some of the problems I identified during my researchhave affected development in urban slum community.
Urbanization and industrializationhave factored in dynamics of spatial patterns and urban growth. I am motivatedto take this course to understand these changes and how we can embrace thetransition positively through flexible and inclusive planning and design.At the university, I participatedin studio activities where I interacted with communities and their ways of lifein rural, urban and regional setups. In the studio work, I identified factorsthat contribute to development of urban areas like trade centers, higherlearning institutions, transport routes and tourist sites.
This experience gaveme an understanding on how developments can result to economic, environment,economic and spatial changes; and how to develop sustainable plans to adaptwith the transition. I have chosen this course to gainskills on planning policy instruments and concepts that can be used to developsustainable urban areas that cohesively adapt with the changes resulted bydevelopment. I want to learn how toapply these policies and concepts to promote development of sustainable urbanareas. These skills will enable me make the best decisions in urban planningpractice and be a sustainable urban leader to solve challenges resulted by rapidurbanization and globalization.In future, I see myself workingin the urban and physical planning sector in Kenya. I would like to be part ofa team that analyzes the changes in urban areas and the address the challengesthat result from rapid urban development through proper planning.
The skillsobtained from your institution will highly contribute to achieving my careerobjectives which I will apply in development activities in my country. Furtherto my masters in urban planning, I would like to conduct research on growth anddevelopment of informal settlements and how they affect urban settings.I am aware of the excellentresearch areas that students are exposed to, variety of teaching methods and highreputation of your institution. I believe that Oxford Brookes University is thebest place to achieve my career objectives and professional guidance indeveloping transitional regions.
I am looking forward to be an urban plannerwith skills in urbanization, globalization and urban policies to contribute tosustainable development in urban set-ups. It is my hope that I will be given anopportunity to realize my vision for urban areas in Kenya through this scholarshipaward.