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Urban Violence and Security Policies: Local Public and Private Methods of Securing Urban Space

Annual Call for Projects 2004


This project is coordinated by the professor Yves Pedrazzini of the Urban Sociology Laboratory (LaSUR) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), in collaboration with UN-HABITAT, and the Small Arms Survey of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS). The project concerns urban planning policies in contexts of urban violence and insecurity. Building on case studies in Barcelona and Bogotá, the project will analyse private and public initiatives that are undertaken to respond to the security needs of citizens, and these action-oriented research will help develop an inter-city exchange system through the UN-HABITAT "Safer Cities" programme.

The grant provided by the GIAN for this project totals SFr 260,000

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Project Team

Mr Mikel Aramburu , Principal Member, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona .

Mr Fernando Guzmán R. , Principal Member, Universidad Nacional de Colombia .

Ms Laura Petrella , Principal Member, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) .

Mr Joan Batlle i Bastardas , Former Member, La Mina District Consortium , Province of Catalonia, Spain.

Prof. Rémi Baudoui , Former Member, Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva (Unige) .

Mr Richard Pétris , Former Member, School of Peace of Grenoble, France .

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Research Output

Urban Violence and Security Policies: Local Public and Private Practices for Securing the Urban Space (Action-oriented Research in Barcelona and Bogotá)
(available in French and English)
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Human Security, Urban Safety and Security Initiatives: a Guidebook for Local Authorities
(available in English and French)
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Urban Planning and Security Policies (Cahiers du LaSUR)
(available in French, English and Spanish)
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Guns in the City: Urban Landscapes of Armed Violence
(available in English only)
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Urban Violence
(available in English and French)
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