Contested Space, Peacebuilding and the Post-conflict City

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The physical renaissance of Belfast, with new waterfront developments, shopping precincts and tech-led industries are potent signifiers of how far the region has come since the Good Friday Agreement. However, the effects of regeneration have been socially and spatially uneven and sites of modernity sit uncomfortably close to communities still affected by poverty, division and violence. This paper identifies a range of competitive discourses on contested space, each one attempting to frame the problem in preferential but inevitably partial ways. The analysis concludes by emphasising the centrality of economics in peacebuilding, especially in the places left behind in the new post-conflict order.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438
Number of pages23
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Issue number2
Early online date31 Aug 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 31 Aug 2017


  • Belfast; contested space; discourse; interface; segregation; territoriality


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