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New study on urban violence launched

05 Nov 2010

A two-year study of urban violence - witnessed in cities across the world - is being launched on Monday  with a public discussion on 8 November.

An international panel of experts from the UK, Chile and Kenya will use insights from the global south to discuss the prospect  of violent cities becoming  inevitable on 8 November.

The project is led by Professor Caroline Moser from the Global Urban Research Centre and Dr Dennis Rodgers from the Brooks World Poverty Institute  - both based at The University of Manchester.

Called the Urban Tipping Point project, it is a collaboration between international researchers, focussing on four cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America: Patna in India, Dili in Timor Leste, Mombasa in Kenya, and Santiago in Chile.

It is funded by an award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development  (DFID) Joint Scheme for Research on International Development (Poverty Alleviation), from 2010 to 2012.

Professor Moser said: “Urban violence is rapidly emerging as one of the fundamental issue of our time.

“The reasons why it breaks out, however, are poorly understood.

“So our project aims to understand the factors that lead the natural social friction of urban life to tip over into violence, as well as the its potential knock-on effects.”

Dr Rodgers said: “Urban violence is often linked to broader issues such as poverty, inequality, a youthful population or public insecurity, which are difficult to tackle and require large-scale action.

“We seek, more modestly, to understand how different forms of urban violence interact with each other on the ground to form violence chains, and to identify ways to break this cycle.”

Notes for editors

Are violent cities inevitable? Takes place on Monday 8th November 2010, 5pm at the Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

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Professor Moser and Dr Rodgers are available for comment.

For media enquires contact:

Mike Addelman
Media Relations
Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
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