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The research question is How can nonviolent grassroots networks transform insecurity?.

Security scholars and practitioners are often willing to engage with each other but unsure of how to go about it. The project bridges that gap. The research will explore these ideas in relation to three existing nonviolent grassroots networks – neighbourhood watch to prevent suicide bomb attacks in Somalia; projects to record every casualty of armed conflict in many countries in the global South; and projects to stop sexual harassment of women in the street in the global North and South. The research will examine how nonviolent grassroots relate to the state, global governance and all actors that use and threaten violence. It will also explore these ideas in relation to grassroots security actors which are seeking to network with each other across issue areas.

The research is being funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council through its Transforming Social Science programme for ‘genuinely transformative research at the frontiers of social sciences’. The funding is £250,000 for the next 18 months plus an additional £50,000 for the University of Bristol to invest in fostering other transformative research projects. The project is located in the Global Insecurities Centre of the University’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

How can nonviolent grassroots networks transform insecurity?