Kristine Höglund and Emma Elfversson are in Nairobi for field research 6-13 March. We are meeting with different stakeholders in urban development and security – including planners, academic experts, and rights organizations. In our meetings we seek a deeper understanding of the specific urban dimensions of current violence and security challenges in Nairobi.
The project will convene a panel at the upcoming Development Research Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-23 August. The call for papers is now out and we encourage submission of relevant paper proposals to our panel, which is entitled “Urban violence: causes, consequences and characteristics”. In the panel, we aim to offer both theoretical and empirical insights about urban violence, its causes, and efforts to promote secure cities. From a peace and conflict perspective, the panel will assess the conceptual foundations of urban violence, and map its empirical manifestations. From a development perspective, we also strive to shed light on the roles of international, national, and local actors in preventing and mitigating urban violence.
The deadline for paper proposal submissions is 23 February. The full list of panels, and the call, is found here.
Kristine Höglund and Emma Elfversson, together with Anders Sjögren at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), have written an article (in Swedish) which analyses the situation in Kenya after the August election and the November presidential election re-run. The article, published by the web-based magazine Mänsklig Säkerhet (Human Security), highlights a number of worrying signs of increasing centralization of power, repression of opposition elements, and excessive use of force by police against protesters. The article is available here.
On 6 December, Emma Elfversson participated in the Development Studies Day (a one-day interdisciplinary conference in Uppsala) and presented the paper “Drivers and manifestations of urban violence: Illustrations from Nairobi, Kenya”, co-authored with Kristine Höglund. The paper seeks to map out different forms of urban violence in the context of Nairobi, one of the project cases, and to understand how they relate to each other and to other forms of conflict and violence in Kenya.