Scott  Bollens Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Scott Bollens

I study nationalistic/ethnic conflict and urbanism in politically divided cities. What is the role and influence of urban planning and policy amidst deep inter-group conflict? Can local urbanism contribute to national peacemaking in multinational societies? I have interviewed over 360 urban professionals and community advocates in Jerusalem, Belfast, Johannesburg, Nicosia, Sarajevo, Mostar, Barcelona, Basque cities, and Beirut about the role of urban policy amidst nationalistic ethnic conflict.


I have written five books on urbanism and politically divided cities. My most recent book is Trajectories of Conflict and Peace: Jerusalem and Belfast Since 1994 (2018, Routledge Press). Previous books are City and Soul in Divided Societies (2012, Routledge Press), Cities, Nationalism, and Democratization (2007, Routledge), On Narrow Ground (2000, State University of New York Press) and Urban Peace-Building in Divided Societies (1999, Westview Press).


    PhD Urban Planning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Politically divided cities, nationalistic/ethnic conflict and urbanism, urban and intergovernmental policy

Personal Interests

    Backpacking, running, fiction


Featured Title
 Featured Title - Trajectories of Conflict and Peace - BOLLENS - 1st Edition book cover


1.5 hour detailed presentation of my research

Published: Aug 13, 2011

Introduction to research

Published: Mar 16, 2018