Contested Administrations: Conflict resolution and the improvement of democracy

Project: Research

Project Details


A collaborative research project with Roskilde University, funded by the Swedish Research Council. The project is on understanding the role of public administration when it comes to conflict resolution in cities situated in different democratic settings.

This research project is concerned with public administration’s capability to address and possibly resolve contested issues and conflicts in order to increase equality, strengthen processes of integration and build social solidarity in democratic systems.

Consequently, public administrations in Divided Cities is positioned as an essential focus of analysis as this research project marries theories of Public Administration with Conflict Resolution to

1) explore the role of public administrations in conflict resolution and conflict generation,

2) generate new analytical concepts and develop a theoretical framework for understanding the role of public administrations in different democratic contexts,

3) and subsequently advance a public administration toolbox for conflict resolution. Strategies for addressing societal tensions are extremely important in order to reach democratic sustainability as our cases represented by cities in mature democracies (Copenhagen and Malmö), consolidating democracies (Belfast and Mostar) and fragile democracies (Mitrovica and Jerusalem) well illustrate.

The study is intended to generate new insights into the role of public administrations in community building, democracy consolidation and societal conflict transformation in the everyday lives of residents living in areas where different contested issues are salient.
Effective start/end date2012/01/012015/12/31

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities