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Understanding the spatial and social dynamics of the Syrian conflict

Destruction in homs syria © UNHCR/Bassam Diab
Destruction in Homs, Syria

Project led by Dr Leïla Vignal (Marie Curie European Fellow, RSC and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Rennes-2, France).

This research project aimed at understanding the spatial and social dynamics of the Syrian conflict. It focused particularly on the local dimensions of the dynamics of the uprising, on the political mobilisations, on the militarisation of the conflict. It has analysed different local networks, the local organisations and the forms of governance that have developed since the beginning of the uprising. Looking at the dynamics of the current crisis at the ‘local’ level helps us understand current spatial and social reorganisations. A key research focus has been urban destruction, the internal displacement of populations, and the economy of war. This research forms the basis of a book project, to be completed in 2018. Another output was a panel on Syria at the MESA (Middle Eastern Studies Association) Conference, Boston, November 2016, and a presentation at an international conference in Beirut by the WAFAW ERC programme on post-Arab Spring changes titled ‘How Economics Matter?’. Journal articles will be published in due course.

Policy & Impact

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Selected publications