Safe and Inclusive Cities

This study, sponsored by IDRC, Canada, links the urban development processes with the emergence of a non-violent or safe city in the Indian context. The research work aims to extend the existing knowledge base on this topic in India. The objectives of the study are to understand the potential and possible pathways through which urban planning and its governance mechanism become drivers of conflicts and violence; conversely to understand the potential of inclusive and participatory urban planning in facilitating social inclusion; to fill gaps in existing research on issues of urban planning, conflict and violence and to contribute to the capacity building of young researchers in India on conducting research on sensitive topics like urban violence through innovative research tools including participatory methods. The study will comprise a literature review on urban violence to set up the research; and will involve inception of the research in the case study cities; primary research in the case study cities using quantitative and qualitative tools and dissemination and outreach of research findings.

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