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Muvumba Sellström, Angela, Assistant ProfessorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1568-7776
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Elfversson, E., Höglund, K., Muvumba Sellström, A. & Pellerin, C. (2023). Contesting the growing city?: Forms of urban growth and consequences for communal violence. Political Geography, 100, Article ID 102810.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contesting the growing city?: Forms of urban growth and consequences for communal violence
2023 (English)In: Political Geography, ISSN 0962-6298, E-ISSN 1873-5096, Vol. 100, article id 102810Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How does rapid urban growth affect risks of communal violence in cities? In rapidly growing cities, poor planning and weak institutions combined with an unregulated influx of migrants can create a potent recipe for violent mobilization. In addition, politicized identity groups often compete for resources and interact in close proximity in urban areas. Despite a growing research agenda on the relationship between rapid urban growth and urban violent unrest, findings remain inconclusive. One explanation for the disparate conclusions is that the theoretical pathways connecting urban growth and unrest largely fail to consider both the violence-generating and violence-stemming effects of urban growth. With a focus on conflict-ridden societies, we theorize processes through which urban growth influences different aspects of group relations in the city, and thereby contribute to prevent, suppress or generate communal violence. To illustrate the framework, we draw on insights from Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa. By paying attention to processes, we are able to identify a range of developments associated with city growth which in turn have different implications for communal violence. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
urban, city, conflict, violence, Africa, Nairobi, Kampala, Addis Ababa, ethnocommunal relations
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-491397 (URN)10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102810 (DOI)000903918200004 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-0394Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-00269
Available from: 2022-12-21 Created: 2022-12-21 Last updated: 2023-03-02Bibliographically approved
Muvumba Sellström, A. (2021). Beyond the Weapon-of War Thesis: Ordered and Enabled Wartime Sexual Violence. Stockholm: Folke Bernadotte Academy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beyond the Weapon-of War Thesis: Ordered and Enabled Wartime Sexual Violence
2021 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This research brief presents the current state of research knowledge on the array of different types of wartime sexual violence. Drawing on the collective body of research, the brief introduces a novel categorisation of wartime sexual violence built on the distinction between ‘ordered’ and ‘enabled’ wartime sexual violence. Ordered sexual violence is carried out on the basis of explicit authorization or instruction, and generally has a strategic political and/or military purpose. Enabled sexual violence is not necessarily related to a strategic objective but is mainly facilitated by weak accountability mechanisms and norms that are supportive of sexual coercion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Folke Bernadotte Academy, 2021. p. 7
Series
FBA Research Brief
Keywords
conflict-related sexual violence, mass atrocity, rebels, civil war
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-442894 (URN)
Available from: 2021-05-20 Created: 2021-05-20 Last updated: 2021-05-24Bibliographically approved
Olsson, L., Muvumba Sellström, A., Chang, P. & Tryggestad, T. L. (2021). Sweden as an Elected Member of the UN Security Council: Promoting Women, Peace and Security as Core Council Business, 2017–18. Oslo and Uppsala
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sweden as an Elected Member of the UN Security Council: Promoting Women, Peace and Security as Core Council Business, 2017–18
2021 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report seeks to contribute to a growing research agenda on internal United Nations Security Council (UNSC) dynamics and the role of elected states (E10s). To study the role of elected states is important as research indicates that there has been increased interest among states to hold one of the elected Council seats, yet our understanding of E10 strategies and effects remains more limited. ​Research also indicates that the possibilities for elected states to have an impact on UNSC outcomes can differ between policy areas. For its 2017–18 Council term, Sweden decided that it should promote the integration of Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) into the mainstream of the UNSC’s processes and decisions, to contribute to making WPS "core Council business”. In fact, even though WPS is a policy area of growing importance for several elected states, there exists limited knowledge on the role of E10s in driving progress in the Council. 

Addressing gaps in our understanding of E10 roles, strategies, and effects, this report makes two contributions: First, we provide insights into preparations for, and the situation in, the UNSC for elected members. We begin by discussing the assessments and decisions involved in forming the elected state’s aims and strategy, and then outline four clusters of conditions that an elected state has to tactically maneuver during its term. Second, we structure and advance our knowledge of the potential effects a state can seek to achieve to better understand and study such efforts. We then go more in-depth into one of the effects that Sweden sought to achieve: that is, the improved integration of WPS language in UNSC resolutions, in particular peace operation and political mission mandates, to positively affect the lives of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict areas. We here outline a method for assessing progress on the integration of implementable language. To fulfill this objective, the report builds on a focused analysis of the experiences of Sweden and data on language developments in UNSC resolutions in the 2016–19 period. Importantly, this report does not constitute an authorized or official account of Sweden’s term and is not intended to be a comprehensive assessment of all of Sweden’s work during its two years on the UNSC. Rather, the interviews, written material, and data collection have been used to explore and expand our understanding of elected members and internal UNSC dynamics and to contribute to a growing research agenda on the role of states for WPS progress and setbacks. 

The report is the first publication in cooperation between the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Uppsala University, and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) on the role of elected members in the Security Council and is a product of projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and the Shattering Glass project funded by the Swedish Research Council (ID: 2020-05104_3)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo and Uppsala: , 2021. p. 97
Series
PRIO Paper
Keywords
UN Security Council; women, peace and security
National Category
Political Science Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Political Science; Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-451668 (URN)978-82-343-0207-7 (ISBN)978-82-343-0208-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Shattering glass: How elected members of the UN Security Council fight for women, peace and security
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2020-05104_3
Available from: 2021-08-28 Created: 2021-08-28 Last updated: 2023-06-30Bibliographically approved
Muvumba Sellström, A. (2020). Lifting the Burden?: The Ethical Implications of Studying Exemplary, Not Pathological, Wartime Sexual Conduct. In: Bliesemann de Guevara, Berid and Morten Bøås (Ed.), Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention: A Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Contexts (pp. 229-241). Bristol: Bristol University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lifting the Burden?: The Ethical Implications of Studying Exemplary, Not Pathological, Wartime Sexual Conduct
2020 (English)In: Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention: A Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Contexts / [ed] Bliesemann de Guevara, Berid and Morten Bøås, Bristol: Bristol University Press , 2020, p. 229-241Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2020
Series
Spaces of Peace, Security and Development
Keywords
humanitarian intervention, sexual violence, gender, research ethics
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-416252 (URN)978-1-5292-0688-3 (ISBN)978-1-5292-0692-0 (ISBN)978-1-5292-0691-3 (ISBN)
Projects
Disciplining Fighters: Understanding Armed Political Actors’ Control of Sexual Violence Funder: Swedish Research Council (SRC) Grant number: 2015-03094_VR
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2021-01-14 Created: 2021-01-14 Last updated: 2021-09-28Bibliographically approved
Olsson, L., Muvumba Sellström, A., Moncrief, S., Wood, E. J., Johansson, K., Lotze, W., . . . Kishi, R. (2020). Peacekeeping Prevention: Strengthening Efforts to Preempt Conflict-related Sexual Violence. International Peacekeeping, 27(4), 517-585
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Peacekeeping Prevention: Strengthening Efforts to Preempt Conflict-related Sexual Violence
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2020 (English)In: International Peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, E-ISSN 1743-906X, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 517-585Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa UK Limited, 2020
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-419702 (URN)10.1080/13533312.2020.1782752 (DOI)000547675300001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-02139Swedish Research Council, VR 2015-03094
Available from: 2020-09-28 Created: 2020-09-28 Last updated: 2020-10-02Bibliographically approved
Muvumba Sellström, A. (2019). Burundi's rebel groups and the stigmatisation of wartime sexual violence. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 25(3), 275-291
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Burundi's rebel groups and the stigmatisation of wartime sexual violence
2019 (English)In: Journal of Sexual Aggression, ISSN 1355-2600, E-ISSN 1742-6545, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 275-291Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite assumptions about the ubiquity of wartime sexual violence, some armed actors work hard to generate negative views of rape and other abuses. This article qualitatively explores rebel group stigmatisation (and stigma) of wartime sexual violence and prohibitive normative practices. Regularly discussed with reference to the shaming of victims or survivors, stigmatisation is nonetheless utilised here as a concept for understanding how sexual coercion is "made" deviant and consequential for potential perpetrators. Two rebel groups from Burundi's civil war (1994-2008), CNDD-FDD (National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy) and FNL (Palipehutu-Forces for National Liberation), are compared. The FNL stigmatised rape and sexual assault, and the nature and quality of its practices shaped negative social norms surrounding rape. The article's main contribution is to demonstrate the need to deepen and widen the evidence base on the prevention of wartime sexual violence.

Keywords
Wartime rape, prevention of sexual violence, rebel group(s), military training
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397589 (URN)10.1080/13552600.2019.1673841 (DOI)000494296300001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015-03094
Available from: 2019-11-25 Created: 2019-11-25 Last updated: 2020-08-17Bibliographically approved
Wallensteen, P., Wieviorka, M., Abraham, I., Aggestam, K., Bellamy, A., Cederman, L.-E., . . . Odgers Ortiz, O. (2018). Violence, War, Peace, Security. In: International Panel for Social Progress (IPSP) (Ed.), Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress (pp. 411-456). London, New York: Cambridge University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Violence, War, Peace, Security
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2018 (English)In: Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress / [ed] International Panel for Social Progress (IPSP), London, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018, p. 411-456Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018
Keywords
War, Peace, Homicide, Sexual Violence, Peacebuilding, Global Governance, Peace
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372501 (URN)978-1-108-43633-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-04-03Bibliographically approved
Hultman, L. & Muvumba Sellström, A. (2018). WPS and Protection of Civilians. In: Sara E. Davies and Jacqui True (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security: . Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>WPS and Protection of Civilians
2018 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security / [ed] Sara E. Davies and Jacqui True, Oxford University Press, 2018Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Protection of civilians has become a core feature of UN peacekeeping. A normative shift in the 1990s led to new mandates and priorities in peacekeeping operations. This has occurred in parallel to the policy shift toward emphasizing the security of women. This chapter asks whether these two goals—protection of civilians and the security of women—go hand in hand or if there are tensions in the way they are pursued. Expectations formulated by the Security Council are examined as well as the operational activities and priorities on the ground. This chapter suggests that as UN actors move away from a singular focus on the weapon of war narrative, the protection of civilians discourse will evolve and thus create space for greater consideration of the WPS agenda. It also argues that peace support operations that tackle values and attitudes through training may address gender hierarchies and relations, while also securing the safety of women through patrols and escorts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2018
Series
Oxford Handbooks
Keywords
UN Peacekeeping, gender hierarchies, protection of civilians
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372496 (URN)10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190638276.013.45 (DOI)2-s2.0-85061245155 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2022-12-06Bibliographically approved
Bjarnegård, E., Melander, E., Bardall, G., Brounéus, K., Forsberg, E., Johansson, K., . . . Olsson, L. (2015). Gender, peace and armed conflict. In: Ian Davis (Ed.), SIPRI Yearbook 2015: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (pp. 101-109). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender, peace and armed conflict
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2015 (English)In: SIPRI Yearbook 2015: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security / [ed] Ian Davis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, p. 101-109Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science; Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267033 (URN)978-0-19-873781-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-11-17 Created: 2015-11-17 Last updated: 2020-07-01Bibliographically approved
Muvumba Sellström, A. (2015). Stronger than Justice: Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence. Stockholm
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stronger than Justice: Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence
2015 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2015. p. 19
Series
Development Dissertation Briefs
Keywords
wartime sexual violence; rebel groups; impunity
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-275308 (URN)
Available from: 2016-02-02 Created: 2016-02-02 Last updated: 2016-02-11
Projects
Programme on Governance, Conflict and Peacebuilding; Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research; Publications
Nilsson, D. (2012). Anchoring the Peace: Civil Society Actors in Peace Accords and Durable Peace. International Interactions, 38(2), 243-266Ohlson, T. (Ed.). (2012). From Intra-State War to Durable Peace: Conflict and Its Resolution in Africa after the Cold War. Dordrecht: Republic of Letters PublishingNilsson, D. & Söderberg Kovacs, M. (2011). Revisiting an Elusive Concept: A Review of the Debate on Spoilers in Peace Processes. International Studies Review, 13(4), 606-626Lindgren, M. (2011). Sexual Violence Beyond Conflict Termination: Impunity for Past Violations as a Recipe for New Ones?. Durban, South Africa: ACCORD (15)Höglund, K. & Jarstad, A. K. (2011). Toward Electoral Security: Experiences from KwaZulu-Natal. Africa Spectrum, 46(1), 33-59Themnér, A. (2011). Violence in Post-Conflict Societies: Remarginalization, Remobilizers and Relationships. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: RoutledgeNilsson, D. (2010). Agreements and Sustainability. In: Nigel J. Young (Ed.), The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace: Volume I (pp. 30-32). New York: Oxford University PressHöglund, K. & Söderberg Kovacs, M. (2010). Beyond the Absence of War: The Diversity of Peace in Post-Settlement Societies. Review of International Studies, 36(2), 367-390Höglund, K. & Jarstad, A. K. (2010). Strategies to Prevent and Manage Electoral Violence: Considerations for Policy. Durban: ACCORDNilsson, D. (2010). Turning Weakness into Strength: Military Capabilities, Multiple Rebel Groups and Negotiated Settlements. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 27(3), 253-271
Partnership Project; Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict ResearchDisciplining Fighters: Understanding Armed Political Actors’ Control of Sexual Violence [2015-03094_VR]; Uppsala University
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