Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Securing the global city? An analysis of the ‘Medellín Model’ through participatory research

Colak, Alexandra Abello and Pearce, Jenny (2015) Securing the global city? An analysis of the ‘Medellín Model’ through participatory research. Conflict, Security and Development, 15 (3). 197 - 228. ISSN 1467-8802

Full text not available from this repository.
Identification Number: 10.1080/14678802.2015.1055136


This article explores the potential contribution to a better understanding and practice of urban security from participatory research methodologies with communities most affected by insecurity and violence. It focusses on the case of Medellín, Colombia, and analyses the key features and impacts of what is known as the ‘Medellín Model’, an approach to urban security widely regarded as innovative and successful. It locates this approach in a history of efforts to reframe security in Latin America, where urban violence has escalated greatly. The shift from ‘security as repression’ to ‘security as management’ has ushered in new models for governing ‘ungoverned’ neighbourhoods. The scrutiny of the effectiveness of these models is limited, however, by the accumulated mistrust and fear in such spaces. This article analyses a methodology for researching security practice on the ground. The paper assesses what difference it makes when academic, civic and social organisations come together to co-produce knowledge with community researchers living in the midst of mutating forms of violence. The methodology, it is argued, enables those most impacted by chronic violence to highlight how insecurity is differentially experienced and to show they can exercise agency in public security policies, making these more relevant and sustainable

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2015 King’s College London
Divisions: Institute of Global Affairs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 10:36
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:10

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item