D.C. event: Urbanization and Insecurity

Urbanization and Insecurity: Crowding, Conflict and Gender

Who: The Environmental Change and Security Program, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, and Africa Program

Where: 5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027

When: Tuesday, February 18 | 12:00pm-2:00pm

Description: Recent comparative studies of rapidly growing cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have identified a variety of threats to women’s personal security and an equally varied set of government and community responses. This seminar features presentations of the results of large-scale comparative studies as well as ethnographic studies that highlight the role of gender in urban violence.


  • Alison Brysk – Wilson Center Fellow; Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Caroline Wanjiku Kihato – Visiting Senior Researcher, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Alfred Omenya – Principal Researcher & Architect, Eco-Build, Nairobi
  • Richard Cincotta – Wilson Center Global Fellow; Demographer-in-Residence, The Stimson Center


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