Social Conflict and Safety in Urban Spaces / Nigeria, Nsukka

Nigeria, Nsukka
University of Nigeria

Abstract

Crime, violence and social conflicts of diverse forms and sources have continued to undermine urban safety and security globally, thereby engendering a regime of fear and widespread episodic disruptions of social and economic lives. These conflicts are related to the complex and myriad social interactions and interchanges in the urban social environment.

Availing policy makers, urban planners, local administrators, non-governmental organisations, professionals and interested individuals with an understanding of these conflicts, their origins, dynamics and impacts, and building their capacity to design, implement and manage them have become imperative. This shall be the thrust of this open and self-paced online course, to be hosted by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Lagos, Akoka in collaboration with the Setforth Nigeria Organization, a non-governmental organization working on peacebuilding and conflict management. The focus of the course is in tandem with SDG #11 which inter alia aims to achieve environmental sustainability which includes reducing negative environmental and social impacts as well as protecting the poor and vulnerable in urban spaces. The course will run for eight weeks and involve lectures, simulations, exercises and feedbacks.

The MOOC will periodically involve presentations from practitioners and policy makers. Faculty and speakers include: Edlyne Anugwom (social conflict, development studies, urban sociology), Pius Adejoh (social conflict, criminology and security studies), Uche Agbo (gender, social change, religious conflict), Kene Anugwom (social work, counselling, gender), Augustine Agugua (intergroup relations, political sociology) and Idongesit Eshiet (gender, development studies).

SDG #11 Target and Indicator

In tandem with SDG #11 goals, urban cities should aspire towards becoming havens of peace and places where individual aspirations and community goals are realised without rancour. The MOOC aims at availing participants with both the understanding and capacity to resolve social conflicts in urban cities to engender peace. Thus, there is no gainsaying the need for research and academic enterprises aimed at unravelling the peculiar driving forces, nature and dynamics of urban social conflict, especially in developing societies where rapid urbanisation has equally generated discontent, inequality and insecurity of various dimensions.


Lead Partner


Team

Pius Adejoh
Uche Agbo
Kene Anugwom
Augustine Agugua
Idongesit Eshiet