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This component of the programme, directed by Prof Jo Beall, involved a comparative study of the relationship between cities and states, whilst also locating cities within regional and global contexts. There is a close historical relationship between cities and state making and the research sought to demonstrate how cities in fragile states - as social, economic, political and spatial entities - can promote or prevent the unravelling of the state. Over the past two decades, many cities around the world have become characterised by rising forms of violence, insecurity and illegality. Our research considers these characteristics to be constitutive of state fragility. We have carried out research in the following cities and urban centres:-
Ahmedabad, Arua, Bogota, Dar-es-Salaam, Goma, Gulu, Kabul, Kampala, Karachi, Kigali, Kinshasa, Managua, Maputo, Medellin, Quetta
Integrative papers on this theme:
WP85.2 'Cities, Conflict and State Fragility'
Podcast of Jo Beall speaking about this research theme at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, in November 2010.
WP89.2 'Understanding the Origins and Pace of Africa's Urban Transition'
WP87.2 'Citizenship, the 'Right to the city' and State Fragility'
WP82.2 'Land Conflicts in Dar es Salaam'
WP72.2 'The Political Economy of Social Violence'
WP71.2 'Some Reflections on the Notion of an 'inclusive political pact': a perspective
WP70.2 'The Open City: social networks and violence in Karachi'
WP69.2 'Buffer Zone, Colonial Enclave or Urban Hub?'
WP68.2 'Nationalism, Urban Poverty and Identity in Maputo, Mozambique'
WP67.2 'The Bastard Child of Nobody?: anti-planning and the institutional crisis in contemporary Kampala'
WP65.2 'Armed Conflict, Crime and Social Protest in S Bolivar'
WP64.2 'Civil Society in Conflict Cities: the case of Ahmedabad'
WP63.2 'The Changing Dynamics of Cross-border Trade'
WP62.2 ' Eye of the Storm: cities in the vortex of Afghanistan's civil wars
WP61.2 'City as Frontier:urban development and identity processes in Goma
WP60.2 'Urban Politics, Conspiracy and Reform in Nampula, Mozambique'
WP55.2 'Indigenous Institutions, Traditional Leaders & Elite Coalitions'
WP54.2 'The Congolese Elite and the Fragmented City'
WP53.2 'Portrait of Kinshasa: a city on (the) edge'
WP 44.2 ' Politics and Security in Three Colombian Cities'
WP 43.2 'Who Governs Kabul? urban politics in a post-war capital city'
WP 37.2 ' An Illness called Managua'
WP 36.2 'Gulu Town in War...and Peace? Displacement, Humanitarianism and Post-War Crisis'
WP 35.2 'Creole and Tribal Designs: Dar es Salaam and Kampala as Ethnic Cities in Coalescing Nation States'
WP 32.2 'State-Making and the Post-Conflict City: Integration in Dili, Disintegration in Timor-Leste'
WP 20.2 'RoboWar TM Dreams: Global South Urbanisation and the US Military's 'Revolution in Military Affairs'
WP 18.2 'The State and the Informal in Sub-Saharan African Economies: Revisiting Debates on Dualism'
WP 17.2 'Comparative Research on Contested Cities'
WP 16.2 'The Illegitimacy of Democracy? Democratisation and Alienation in Maputo, Mozambique'
WP 15.2 'Municipal Finance Systems in Conflict Cities'
WP 10.2 'Slum Wars of the 21st Century'
WP 9.2 'Cities, Terrorism and Urban Wars of the 21st Century'
OP10 'Municipal Finance in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania'
OP 6: 'Capital Cities in Civil Wars: The Locational Dimension of Sovereign Authority'
OP 4 'Beyond Beirut: Why Reconstruction in Lebanon did not contribute to State-Making and Stability'
'Cities in an Insecure World'
As part of the 2008 Development Studies Association Annual Conference, Prof Jo Beall convened apanel on Cities in an Insecure World, together with Ursula Grant of the ODI. The DSA celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2008 and the conference aidmed to identify some of the changes that had redefined development agenda over this period. Rapid urbanisation is one such change with cities becoming central to both current and future development agendas. Interest in the panel proved so great that a further event was convened at LSE a week later to accommodate a wider selection of papers and allow a larger audience to attend. Further details here.
CSRC cities research highlighted on id21:
Dennis Rodgers on slum wars in Nicaragua
Jo Beall on the changing face of urban terrorism
Jo Beall on inclusive urban governance in Johannesburg
An Oxfam report by Jo Beall and Sean Fox on urban poverty and development
Video links to members of the team presenting work related to this theme can be found on our Resources page.