Shelter, Security, and Tenure: Formalising Downtown Kingston, Jamaica

David Howard CISRUL talk on 20th of February, 14:00 to 16:00 in KQG3. More information here.

The ‘New Urban Agenda’ initiated at the UN-Habitat III meeting in 2016 re-instated the need for ‘good urbanisation’ and ‘proper urban legislation’ in order to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Of the many goals outlined, the aim ‘to foster community cohesion and personal security’ placed sustainable urban development at the forefront. The paper challenges the problematic notion of ‘good’ or ‘proper’ urbanisation in the context of the proposed formalisation of land tenure in low-income urban neighbourhoods, drawing conclusions from recent ethnographic research in a ‘garrison’ community in Jamaica. The concepts of shelter and security are considered with respect to neighbourhood transition, as residents respond to ongoing and intensive police and military operations aimed at reducing gang-related violence.

Bio (original here)

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-18-25-11David’s principal research concentrates on the contemporary societies of the Caribbean and Latin America, with a specific focus on urban geography and social sustainability. His interests lie at the interface between social and urban geography, and postcolonial and development studies. Recent research projects have concentrated on the urban environment, development and social change in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Barbuda. David is a University Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development and Director of Research at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He directs the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the Continuing Professional Development Centre, and is a member of the Management Committee of the Latin American Centre. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Geography at the University of Edinburgh, following postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, the City University of New York and the University of Melbourne.

Outwith the University, he is a CNRS Associate at the Centre des Recherches Pluridisciplinaires et Comparatistes, Université de Bordeaux IV, and the Co-ordinating Editor for the Bulletin of Latin American Research and an associated Wiley-Blackwell book series. He was Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies (2006-2010), and now co-directs the Joint Initiative for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (JISLAC), which supports multidisciplinary seminar networks and seed grants for new research. He is a member of the Latin America and Caribbean Panel at the British Academy.

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