Alumni news: Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) about to earn his Ph.D. in Germany
Tyler Frazier, our first BFA graduate (1999), reports from Bonn, Germany, where he is about to complete his Ph.D.
Hi Dr. Williams,
Great to hear from you! I had a look at the blog, looks great!
I’m just wrapping up my PhD here at the University of Bonn — so it will be a PhD in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. My dissertation forecasts electricity consumption for the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
Accra is a fascinating city, which has its roots in Portuguese and British colonization (primarily) as well as Nigerian migrants absorbing local Ghanaian tribes and the Asante kingdom’s influence from Kumasi. There are a number of old castles/forts which date to the 18th century, as well as many old british buildings from the 19th and early 20th century. Very little preservation, recording, or analysis has been made here, but it seems like an untapped treasure trove in my estimation.
Africans have an interesting interpretation of the slave forts.
I will submit my dissertation shortly after Christmas, and should defend in the following month or so. Thereafter I am being considered for a fellowship that would take me back to Accra for 3 more years to continue building upon my model (I would move from Bonn to Berlin). Ideally, by the time I am finished, I will have developed a discrete choice modeling framework for electricity, transportation, water – sewer, stormwater — but education, public safety, and public health could also be included.
I have hundreds of photos of old buildings here, if you are interested Id be happy to post or share. Also if you are interested to know more about my work (this is just a short description) I’d be happy to share. No publications quite yet, but they are forthcoming.
Give my best to all back at my old alma mater!
Wishing you well,