Preventing Urban Conflict: A Thematic Paper for the United Nations-World Bank Study on Conflict Prevention

Cockayne, James, Bosetti, Louise and Hussain, Nazia (2017). Preventing Urban Conflict: A Thematic Paper for the United Nations-World Bank Study on Conflict Prevention. Conflict Prevention Series. United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.

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    Author Cockayne, James
    Bosetti, Louise
    Hussain, Nazia
    Title Preventing Urban Conflict: A Thematic Paper for the United Nations-World Bank Study on Conflict Prevention
    Series Title Conflict Prevention Series
    Volume/Issue No. 2
    Publication Date 2017-08
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University Centre for Policy Research
    Pages 12
    Language eng
    Abstract The future of violent conflict is urban – because the future of humanity is urban. If we want to prevent future violent conflict, we must prevent violent urban conflict. This paper starts with an overview of urbanization trends and what is known about how these relate to risks of large-scale violence, identifying factors relating to demography, horizontal inequality and Figure 1: The relationship between urban violence and urban conflict governance as particularly significant. Next, we look at three obstacles to adapting ‘conflict prevention’ theory and practice to account for these insights: a) conceptual; b) data-related; c) capability- and mandate-related. Finally, we reflect on what forms the prevention of violent urban conflict might take, if these obstacles were addressed.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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