Cities and Injustice Research and Enterprise Group

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This research and enterprise group is concerned with justice and injustices within and across cities.  We are interested in the injustices that emerge through an interplay of:

  • the uneven terrains of the city, including privatisation and gentrification, spatial dispossession, temporal exclusions;
  • the social city of differentiation, interaction, territoriality and liminality including issues of, housing segregation, homelessness and violence;
  • the unequal control and regulation in cities including policing command and control, neighbourhood beats and surveillance
  • Injustices of the cultural imaginations, experiences and design of the city;
  • Mobile injustices and migrations within and between cities

Research theme 1 - Mobilities and migrations. Cities are produced through mobilities within and between them. Mobility injustices pervade cities and migrations between cities are often borne of injustices. This theme considers the range of injustices that relate to mobilities and migrations, for instance, the ways mobility and immobility are used as tactics of states’ regulative power and ways spatial mobility and dispersion are longstanding economic and political ‘strategies’ linking mobile people for whom return is neither feasible nor desirable.

Research theme 2 - Violence. This theme eschews critiques that conceptualise types of violence - political, institutional, criminal, intimate, gendered, generational etc. - as paradigmatically distinctive. It recognises the interplay of structural and symbolic violence inherent, for example, in topics as diverse as organized crime; ethnic militancy; state terror; student movements; gender politics and sexual violence; and the impact of violence on communities; political and peace activism within communities; ways violence shapes subjectivity and selfhood; gun crime and police response. Our multi-dimensional approach is designed to provoke questions concerning taken-for-granted assumptions about approach and definition.

Research theme 3 - Policy and institutions. This theme reflects the work of academics who have worked on local and national policy and policymaking that has in recent years generated, and sought to protect against, spaces, encounters and practices of injustice across the city. The theme draws on a range of often multi stakeholder projects which have sought to divert, subvert and protect against unjust spaces and encounters in urban settings along the south coast.

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    Research Output

    A Southern Criminology of Violence, Youth and Policing: Governing Insecurity in Urban Brazil

    Pessoa Cavalcanti, R., 14 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge. 184 p. (Routledge Studies in Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

    The politics of crime and militarised policing in Brazil

    Pessoa Cavalcanti, R. & Garmany, J., 15 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Ambivalence in digital health: Co-designing an mHealth platform for HIV care

    Marent, B., Henwood, F. & Darking, M., 6 Sep 2018, In : Social Science & Medicine. 215, p. 133-141 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    Una criminología sureña de violencia y control: gobernando la inseguridad en el Sul global

    Roxana Cavalcanti (Presenter)
    23 Jan 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Southern Perspectives on Policing, Security and Social Order

    Roxana Cavalcanti (Organiser), Peter Squires (Organiser)
    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: EventsEvent

    Exploring vertical and horizontal urban spaces of care that are being 'claimed-back' for street homeless people in Sussex

    Bethan Prosser (Presenter), Carl Walker (Presenter)
    18 Jun 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation