Conflict and Fragility

Research programme

Plural Security Insights

11 Jul 2016 - 11:40
Bron: Andrea Scire /

This consortium project, funded by a research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and led by Research Fellow Megan Price, offers empirical insights on plural security provision in urban contexts.

Plural security provision is examined in three urban contexts: Beirut (Lebanon), Nairobi (Kenya), and Tunis (Tunisia). These cities are characterized by differing degrees of plural security provision, unequal levels of human development, distinct historical trajectories of state formation, and diverse patterns of social cleavages. A final synthesis paper summarizes recurrent themes from the case studies and provides recommendations and advice for policy makers working in contexts of security pluralism.

To foster effective security and rule of law assistance, the project provides empirically-based policy advice on how local governance structures might interact with various local security providers to improve security outcomes for urban residents

Research dimensions
The project is guided by the following questions:

  • What incentives effectively compel non-state actors to prioritize positive security outcomes for local citizens? Alternatively, what motivations are likely to dissuade them from working toward such positive outcomes for citizens?
  • What factors effectively encourage local public officials to engage non-state actors in constructive dialogue? Alternatively, what considerations appear to encourage antagonistic local governance responses to non-state security providers?
  • How can public resources be leveraged to enable marginalized communities to advocate for and realize their collective security interests within plural security governance contexts?

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