Category: Safer cities


What Explains Criminal Violence in Mexico City?

    What Explains Criminal Violence in Mexico City? A Test of Two Theories of Crime There are competing theories of what drives crime in cities and neighbourhoods. Two widely cited theoretical approaches focused on social disorganization and institutional anomie propose different explanations for the


How fragile are our cities?

World Economic Forum – The world is urbanizing at a breakneck pace. But not all regions are moving at the same speed


A Manifesto for the Fragile City

After more than a century of steady city expansion in northern countries, the direction of twenty-first century population growth is shifting southwards. Over the next five decades, Africans, Arabs, and Asians will migrate in unprecedented numbers to cities, especially to their slums. Many of these


Deconstructing the fragile city

Deconstructing the fragile city: exploring insecurity, violence and resilience An emerging social category – the fragile city – can be described as a discrete metropolitan unit whose governance arrangements exhibit a declining ability and/or willingness to deliver on the social contract. Fragility is thus no


Violent disorder in Ciudad Juarez

15/04/2014 Violent disorder in Ciudad Juarez: a spatial analysis of homicide This article considers the extent to which specific demographic and socioeconomic factors correlate with homicidal violence in the context of Mexico’s “war” on organized crime. We draw on Ciudad Juarez as a case study


The Fragile City Arrives

The world has entered its urban age. More than half of the globe’s population currently resides in cities as compared to


Fragile Cities Rising

A new social category recently emerged on the security and development landscape: the “fragile city”. This article debates the term and challenges to improve their autonomy.

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