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Securing the city: The global politics and practices of urban protection

Applicant Hagmann Jonas
Number 161421
Funding scheme Ambizione
Research institution Institute of Science, Technology and Policy ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.03.2016 - 28.02.2019
Approved amount 459'478.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Political science
Sociology
Architecture and Social urban science

Keywords (7)

City; Dispositif; Security; Governmentality; Practices; Urban; Protection

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Seit einiger Zeit erfreuen sich (Un-)Sicherheitslogiken wieder zunehmend grosser Popularität. Ob es nun Bedenken um terroristische Anschläge, Pandemien, Erdbeben oder organisierte Kriminalität sind - viele politische Systeme sehen sich heute durch eine Vielzahl von mehrdimensionalen und grenzübergreifenden Herausforderungen bedroht. Vielerorts führte dies nun zur Schaffung integrierter Schutzmassnahmen. Doch nirgendwo ist die Entwicklung hin zur kombinierten Handhabung unterschiedlichster lokaler, nationaler und internationaler Gefährdungen so ausgeprägt wie in Städten, sind Städte doch infolge anhaltender Urbanisierungsprozesse heute die zentralsten Orte des alltäglichen Lebens.
Lay summary
Seit einigen Jahren lebt die Weltbevölkerung mehrheitlich in Städten, weshalb der Schutz urbaner Orte neue Relevanz erhält. Die „Sicherung der Stadt” – die Entwicklung umfassender und auf Stadtbewohner kalibrierte Sicherheitsdispositive – wird zu einem zunehmend wichtigen Thema sowohl in der angewandten Politikentwicklung als auch in der internationalen Sicherheitsforschung. Dieses Projekt trägt diesem neuen Fokus auf integrierte urbane Sicherheit bei. Anhand einer vergleichenden Analyse städtischer Sicherheitspraktiken und Sicherheitspolitiken in der Schweiz, Marokko, Ruanda und Nepal untersucht es die Art und Weise, wie städtische Sicherheitsapparate auf die Handhabung höchst unterschiedlicher Gefährdungen ausgesteuert werden. Das Projekt analysiert wie sich dieser Prozess auf neue Akteure und Instrumente abstützt, wie er die Arbeitsfelder bestehender Akteure integriert und internationalisiert, und wie er sich in Funktion von politischer Kultur, Technologiezugang, gesellschaftlichen Traditionen und stadtplanerischen Konzepten an verschiedenen Orten unterschiedlich ausnimmt. Das Projekt entwickelt eine globale Perspektive auf die heutige Rekonfiguration urbaner Sicherheitsdispositive: Indem sich das Projekt Fallstudien ausserhalb von Europa und Nordamerika annimmt, dehnt es die internationale Sicherheitsforschung über den heute gängigen Fokus auf High-Tech Instrumentarien, private Sicherheitsakteure und westliche Metropolen hinweg aus. Auf der angewandten Seite trägt das Forschungsprojekt zudem den aktuellen Debatten über die Entwicklung resilienter und nachhaltiger Städte bei.
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Publications

Publication
Urban Design as Technology of (Counter‐) Democratic Security Politics
Hagmann Jonas, Kostenwein David (2021), Urban Design as Technology of (Counter‐) Democratic Security Politics, in Swiss Political Science Review, spsr.12434-spsr.12434.
Globalising control research: The politics of urban security in and beyond the Alaouite Kingdom of Morocco
HagmannJonas (2021), Globalising control research: The politics of urban security in and beyond the Alaouite Kingdom of Morocco, in Journal of Global Security Studies.
The institutional ‘hinge’: How the end of the Cold War conditioned Canadian, Russian and Swiss IR scholarship
Hagmann Jonas, Grenier Félix, Lebedeva Marina, Nikitina Yulia, Koldunova Ekatarina (2020), The institutional ‘hinge’: How the end of the Cold War conditioned Canadian, Russian and Swiss IR scholarship, in International Studies Perspectives, 21(2), 198-217.
The politicization of security: Controversy, mobilization, arena shifting
HagmannJonas (2018), The politicization of security: Controversy, mobilization, arena shifting, in European Review of International Studies, 5(3), 3-29.
The Programmatic and Institutional (Re-)Configuration of the Swiss National Security Field
Hagmann Jonas, Davidshofer Stephan, Tawfik Amal, Wenger Andreas, Wildi Lisa (2018), The Programmatic and Institutional (Re-)Configuration of the Swiss National Security Field, in Swiss Political Science Review, 24(3), 215-245.
Counter-mapping the discipline: The archipelago of Western International Relations teaching
HagmannJonas, BierstekerThomas (2018), Counter-mapping the discipline: The archipelago of Western International Relations teaching, in Onuf Nick, Hamati-Ataya Inanna, Gofas Andreas (ed.), SAGE, London, 428-455.
Securitisation and the production of international order(s)
Hagmann Jonas (2018), Securitisation and the production of international order(s), in Journal of International Relations and Development, 21(1), 194-222.
Technologies of violence: A conversation with Keith Krause
HagmannJonas, DunnMyriam (2018), Technologies of violence: A conversation with Keith Krause, in Kaltofen Carolin, Acuto Michele, Carr Madeline (ed.), Palgrave, London, 97-106.
La sécurité suisse : entre neutralité et impératif de coopération
Hagmann Jonas, Davidshofer Stephan, Tawfik Amal (2017), La sécurité suisse : entre neutralité et impératif de coopération, in Questions internationales, 87(5), 25-29.
Security in the society of control: The politics and practices of securing urban spaces
Hagmann Jonas (2017), Security in the society of control: The politics and practices of securing urban spaces, in International Political Sociology, 11(4), 418-448.
Ce que signifie concrètement la politique de sécurité Suisse
Hagmann Jonas, Wenger Andreas, Wildi Lisa, Davidshofer Stephan, Tawfik Amal (2016), Ce que signifie concrètement la politique de sécurité Suisse, Le Temps, Genève.
Sicherheit als Verbundaufgabe: Veränderte Bedrohungsszenarien stellen den Bund und die Kantone vor grosse Herausforderungen
Hagmann Jonas, Wenger Andreas, Wildi Lisa, Davidshofer Stephan, Tawfik Amal (2016), Sicherheit als Verbundaufgabe: Veränderte Bedrohungsszenarien stellen den Bund und die Kantone vor grosse Herausforderungen, NZZ Verlag, Zürich.
Analyse du champ de la sécurité en Suisse : vers une hypertrophie de la sécurité intérieure et autres réflexions méthodologiques
Hagmann Jonas, Davidshofer Stephan, Tawfik Amal (2016), Analyse du champ de la sécurité en Suisse : vers une hypertrophie de la sécurité intérieure et autres réflexions méthodologiques, in Cultures & Conflits, 102(-), 59-93.
Der Bevölkerungsschutz im Sicherheitssystem Schweiz: Trotz zentralem Leistungsmandat begrenzt vernetzt
Hagmann Jonas (2016), Der Bevölkerungsschutz im Sicherheitssystem Schweiz: Trotz zentralem Leistungsmandat begrenzt vernetzt, Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz, Bern.
Does everyone need a national IR school? Engaging the sociology of IR’s most recent appropriation
Hagmann Jonas (2016), Does everyone need a national IR school? Engaging the sociology of IR’s most recent appropriation, British International Studies Association, London.
Schweizer Sicherheitspolitik in der Praxis: Eine empirische Momentaufnahme
Hagmann Jonas, Wenger Andreas, Wildi Lisa, Davidshofer Stephan, Tawfik Amal (2016), Schweizer Sicherheitspolitik in der Praxis: Eine empirische Momentaufnahme, in Nünlist Christian and Oliver Thränert (ed.), ETH Zürich , Zürich, 99-134.
Sites of knowledge (re-)production: Towards an institutional sociology of International Relations scholarship
Hagmann Jonas, Grenier Félix (2016), Sites of knowledge (re-)production: Towards an institutional sociology of International Relations scholarship, in International Studies Review, 18(2), 333-336.
Teaching (as) statist practice: Diplomatic schools as sites of international education
Hagmann Jonas, Lebedeva Marina (2016), Teaching (as) statist practice: Diplomatic schools as sites of international education, in International Studies Review, 18(2), 349-353.
The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power
Hagmann Jonas (2016), The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power, in European Review of International Studies, 3(1), 158-162.
Vom Landjäger zum modernen Ordnungshüter: Die Polizeiausbildung in der Schweiz
Hagmann Jonas, Wildi Lisa (2016), Vom Landjäger zum modernen Ordnungshüter: Die Polizeiausbildung in der Schweiz, in Nünlist Christian and Oliver Thränert (ed.), ETH Zürich, Zürich, 71-97.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
University of Amsterdam Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Rwanda Rwanda (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Marrakech Morocco (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo Uruguay (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
ETHZ ISTP Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
EPFL, UniGE, UniBAS, UniNE, UN Habitat, EDA Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
MGIMO Moskau Russia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Tribhuvan University Nepal (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Cambridge University Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Cape Town South Africa (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
London School of Economics Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Swiss Political Science Association, Zürich Talk given at a conference Provincializing IR: Methodological implications for international security studies 14.02.2019 Zürich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Swiss Political Science Association, Zürich Talk given at a conference Empowering security architectures 14.02.2019 Zurich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Urban security assemblages conference, University of Amsterdam Talk given at a conference The materiality of global urban security politics 06.02.2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands Hagmann Jonas;
Global Governance Centre Colloquium, IHEID Geneva Talk given at a conference Securing cities, re-defining theories: The politics of control in the Moroccan city of Marrakech’ 15.10.2018 Genf, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Department of Political Science Colloquium, University of Amsterdam Talk given at a conference Deleuze en visite: Controlling urban life in the Alawite Kingdom of Morocco 12.07.2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands Hagmann Jonas;
Translating STS to security studies workshop, University of Amsterdam Talk given at a conference Methodological reflections on the engagement of ‘different’ security sites 26.06.2018 Haarlem, Netherlands Hagmann Jonas;
Sciences Po Paris Talk given at a conference The re-ordering of international security policy and practice 18.06.2018 Paris, France Hagmann Jonas;
British International Studies Association, Bath Talk given at a conference Deleuze en visite: Controlling urban life in the Alawite Kingdom of Morocco’ 13.06.2018 Bath, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hagmann Jonas;
ETH Zürich workshop Talk given at a conference The politicization of security in Europe: A new research agenda’ 31.05.2018 Zürich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
New International Relations Theory Workshop, University of Hamburg Talk given at a conference The morality of international norms/normativity of international practices 17.11.2017 Hamburg, Germany Hagmann Jonas;
Peace and Conflict Studies (lecture guest talk), Tribhuvan University Individual talk Urban security systems 31.10.2017 Kathmandu, Nepal Hagmann Jonas;
European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference (EISA), Barcelona Individual talk Keynote: Revisiting the “American dominance” thesis: International Relations beyond eurocentrism 14.09.2017 Barcelona, Spain Hagmann Jonas;
European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference (EISA), Barcelona Talk given at a conference Deleuze en visite: Controlling urban life in the Alawite Kingdom of Morocco 14.09.2017 Barcelona, Spain Hagmann Jonas;
European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference (EISA), Barcelona Talk given at a conference These times are changing: New perspectives on the history and sociology of IR in times of crisis 13.09.2017 Barcelona, Spain Hagmann Jonas;
European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference (EISA), Barcelona Talk given at a conference Everyday urban control between public and private interests 13.09.2017 Barcelona, Spain Hagmann Jonas;
Center for Security Studies Research Colloquium, ETH Zürich Individual talk Deleuze en visite: Controlling urban life in the Alawite Kingdom of Morocco 27.06.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Cardiff University Individual talk Democratising security? Public participation and the making of national security doctrines in Europe 09.06.2017 Cardiff, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hagmann Jonas;
European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Cardiff University Talk given at a conference (Re-)politicizations of security: Concepts and practices (Section Convenor) 07.06.2017 Cardiff, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hagmann Jonas;
Secondary Cities-African Urbanism Conference, University of Basel Talk given at a conference The politics and practises of everyday urban control in Marrakech 05.05.2017 Basel, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore Talk given at a conference Security in the society of control: The politics and practices of securing urban spaces 21.02.2017 Baltimore, United States of America Hagmann Jonas;
Swiss Political Science Association Annual Convention, St. Gallen Talk given at a conference Internationalising IR: The end of the Cold War in Canadian, Russian and Swiss academia 11.01.2017 St. Gallen, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Swiss Political Science Association Annual Convention, St. Gallen Talk given at a conference Security in the society of control: The politics and practices of securing urban spaces 11.01.2017 St. Gallen, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
International Security Studies (lecture guest talk), Université de Marrakech Individual talk La globalisation de la sécurité urbaine 14.12.2016 Marrakech, Morocco Hagmann Jonas;
Center for Security Studies Research Colloquium, ETH Zürich Talk given at a conference Security in the society of control: The politics and practices of securing urban spaces 07.07.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Center for Security Studies Research Colloquium, ETH Zürich Talk given at a conference Die Entwicklung der Polizeiausbildung in der Schweiz 15.03.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
The politicization of security politics 31.05.2018 Zurich, Switzerland
Swiss Political Science Association, IPS Working Group, ETH Zürich 14.02.2018 Zürich, Switzerland
Swiss Political Science Association, IPS Working Group, Geneva 07.02.2018 Geneva, Switzerland
Living and governing with urban (in)security in Cape Town townships (ETHZ Winter School) 27.01.2018 Cape Town, South Africa
Swiss Political Science Association, IPS Working Group, St. Gallen 11.01.2017 St. Gallen, Switzerland
ETHZ ISTP Colloquium: The challenge of city diplomacy 22.11.2016 Zürich, Switzerland
ETHZ ISTP Colloquium: Urban security research in the Global South 17.05.2016 Zürich, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
The programmatic and institutional (re-)configuration of the Swiss national security field, SVS Sicherheits-verbund Schweiz Talk 20.09.2018 Bern, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Academia meets the arts: Jonas Hagmann in conversation with Salvatore Vitale and Lars Villumeit Talk 31.03.2018 Fotostiftung Winterthur, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Sicherheit in öffentlichen Räumen/EBP Talk 22.02.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Sicherheit in öffentlichen Räumen/Canton of Basel Talk 13.01.2017 Basel, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;
Sicherheit in öffentlichen Räumen/US Embassy Talk 08.11.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Hagmann Jonas;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Sicherheit im öffentlichen Raum SRF 10vor10 German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Sicherheit im öffentlichen Raum (various interviews) Tagesanzeiger German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Other activities Website International 2016

Abstract

(In-)security logics gained considerable popularity in recent years. Whether it is concerns with terrorist acts, pandemics, earthquakes or organised crime - many polities today see their society challenged by increasingly numerous, multi-dimensional and transnational threats. In many places, this situation gave rise to new and integrated protection policies. Yet, nowhere is the push for the combined handling of all kinds of local, national and international threats more important than in cities. As a result of rapid urbanisation, cities are or have become the key locales of everyday life. Since a few years now, the majority of the world’s inhabitants is living in cities, and with this the protection of ‘the urban’ has become an ever more important challenge: The securing of the city, i.e. the development of comprehensive security dispositives specifically targeted to urban habitats, has become a pressing policymaker issue, and it now also emerges as a new research topic in international security studies. This project contributes to this new security studies focus on cities. Based on a comparative empirical analysis of urban protection policies and practices in Switzerland, Morocco, Rwanda and Nepal, it examines how urban security dispositives are turned towards an integrated management of local, national and international dangers of all sorts. The project analyses how this process includes use of new tools and actors, and integration and internationalisation of existing ones, and how it is influenced by political systems, technological access, cultural influences and traditions of urban planning. The project develops a global perspective on the reconfiguration of urban security dispositives. By addressing cases of urban security governmentality outside Europe and North America, it extends security studies scholarship beyond its current focus on high-tech instruments and private actors in Western cities. In the same token, the project also provides grounded inputs to practitioners’ concerns with the design of resilient and sustainable cities.
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