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Urban Safety and Peacebuilding

New Perspectives on Sustaining Peace in the City, 1st Edition

Edited by Achim Wennmann, Oliver Jütersonke


200 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This volume draws together original research related to conceptual and practical advances at the interface of urban safety and peacebuilding.

The book reflects the advances in urban safety and peacebuilding to help address the rapidly increasing risk of conflict and insecurity in cities. Specifically, it draws on contributions to the Technical Working Group on the Confluence of Urban Safety and Peacebuilding Practice, an informal expert network co-facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva, UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. A focus on ‘sustaining peace’ serves as a framework for situating new policy responses against conflict, violence, and exclusion in the city, and for promoting a conversation across disciplinary and specialist silos. The volume thereby broadens the optic of peacebuilding practice beyond interstate and intrastate armed conflicts – and especially their aftermath – and reconnects it to the community-level origins of building peace. The analysis and practice presented here will remind those willing to work towards peaceful and inclusive cities that there are tried and tested approaches available, and a host of experts and practitioners ready to accompany those prepared to lead in their respective contexts.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of peacebuilding, urban studies, security studies, and international relations.


"Urban Safety and Peacebuilding investigates how to sustain peace in the city, drawing attention to the community-level origins of building peace[…]The volume’s chapters represent original research from diverse perspectives – including architecture, criminology, social anthropology, political science and urban studies – demonstrating advances in urban safety and peacebuilding theory and practice."

- Kate Guo, Environment & Urbanization

Table of Contents

Introduction: New Perspectives on Urban Safety and Peacebuilding, Achim Wennmann & Oliver Jütersonke

1. Understanding the Grammar of the City: Urban Safety and Peacebuilding Practice through a Semiotic Lens, Jonathan Luke Austin & Oliver Jütersonke

2. Urban Safety and Crime Prevention: Architectural Perspectives from Quito and Guayaquil, Cyntia López Rueda & Luna Cara

3. Gangland Terra Nullius: Violence, Territoriality, and the Bottom-up Spaces of Peacebuilding in Urban Nicaragua, Dennis Rodgers

4. Negotiating with Criminal Armed Groups: From Prejudice to Pragmatism, Hugo van den Eertwegh

5. 'Pay Up or Get Hurt': What Extortion Says About Urban Governance, and How it Might Be Curbed, Tuesday Reitano & Mark Shaw

6. Beyond the Usual Suspects: Gender Considerations at the Interface between Urban Safety and Peacebuilding, Jennifer Erin Salahub & Mayssam D. Zaaroura

7. The Intersection of Community Crime Prevention and Security Sector Reform: The Case of Jenin, Peter Homel & Nicolas Masson

8. Safe Services in Unsafe Cities: The ICRC and Urban Services in Situations of Armed Conflict and Urban Violence, Hugo Slim, Caroline Putman-Cramer, Evaristo De Pinho Oliveira & Rachel Banfield

9. Daring the Unconventional on the Pathways for Peace: On the "How" of Sustaining Peace in the City, Achim Wennmann

About the Editors

Achim Wennmann is a senior researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, and Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.

Oliver Jütersonke is Head of Research for the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

About the Series

Studies in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding

This series publishes innovative research into the connections between insecurity and under-development in fragile states, and into situations of violence and insecurity more generally. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the study of a variety of issues, including the changing nature of contemporary armed violence (conflict), efforts to foster the conditions that prevent the outbreak or recurrence of such violence (development), and strategies to promote peaceful relations on the communal, societal and international level (peacebuilding).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban