Securing urban space: an ethnography of non-state policing in low-income neighbourhoods of a Nigerian city
Funding period: 1 January 2021 – 1 July 2021
Type of funding: International Fellowship
Dr Faisal Umar is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and a member of the Centre for Spatial Information Science at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. He completed his PhD at University College London in 2017, and was awarded the prestigious Roger Tomlinson Prize for his thesis on the spatiality of urban crime in the settings of sub-Saharan Africa.
His current research interest has focused on the socio-spatial dimensions of urban crime and the pluralization of security provisioning in cities of sub-Saharan Africa. He was recently a Co-Investigator in a DfID/ESRC funded research project that explored the interlinkages of crime, livelihoods and urban poverty in Nigeria (FCLP). He has presented papers – often related to urban crime – in over 15 international conferences, and the output of his research has been published as peer-reviewed articles, including in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Applied Geography and the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology.
As a USF International Fellow, Dr Umar will spend six months working with Professor Rivke Jaffe in the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development, and the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.