people in a crowd in Sudan

Justice and Security Research Programme

Everyday experiences of justice and security

Five years of research into public authority in conflict and post-conflict locations.

The JSRP evidence review highlighted the gap, or disconnect, between local perceptions and experiences of justice and donors' normative assertions about what interventions ought to achieve.





The Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) was an international research consortium, funded by the UK Department for International Development from 2011-2016, that produced primary evidence about the constellations of public authority governing the everyday lives of people in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. It aimed to understand how public authority is shaped and in particular how it conditions access to justice and security. Through rigorous, community-based fieldwork, primarily in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and northern Uganda, the JSRP explored three logics of governance: the Political marketplace: the transactional politics whereby political loyalties and political services are exchanged for material reward; Moral populism: the social and political role played by exclusivist identities and values in mobilizing communal sentiment in support of political projects; and Public mutuality: the discourse and exercise of public life based upon norms and rules that exemplify the values of respect for persons. 

The JSRP was based in the LSE International Development department and worked in partnership with the Social Science Research Council, the University of Ghent, The World Peace Foundation, the South-Eastern European Research Network, Justice Africa, and the VideoJournalism Movement.

The JSRP blogsite provides full information on the work of the consortium as well as outputs and policy implications from the research.  Please contact the Programme Manager for any further information.