Research consortium

  • Main applicant M.A. Price (Netherlands Institute for International Relations, Clingendael, the Netherlands).
  • Co-applicants:  M. Boustani MA (UN-Habitat, Lebanon), M. Bradbury MSc (Rift Valley Institute, Kenia), M. Chabbi (UrbaConsult, Tunesia) and O. Jütersonke(Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding (CCDP), Switzerland).

Project information

Security in fragile and conflict-affected contexts is often provided by an array of actors, with varying relationships to the state, a situation described here as plural security provision. The project seeks to foster effective security and rule of law assistance by producing empirically-based, policy-relevant insights into how structures of local urban governance might interact with a plurality of local security providers in ways that deliver improved security outcomes for citizens. This approach privileges a bottom-up perspective, challenging both conventional state-centric security and rule of law assistance and local policymakers to better engage with modes of security provision that people view as legitimate and effective. 

Research activities will focus on data collection and analysis in three urban contexts: Beirut, Lebanon; Nairobi, Kenya; and Tunis, Tunisia. Insights drawn from individual case studies will inform preliminary research agenda-setting and policy recommendations for policymakers to respond more effectively in conflict-affected urban settings.

Project results