I am Francesco Colona, a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam in the department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development and part of the Centre for Urban Studies at the same university. After a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, I completed a Research Master in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, with a research on organizational strategies of armed groups and their patterns of violence against civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am now part of a research team studying “Public-Private Security Assemblages and the Reconfiguration of Citizenship” in five different cities: Kingston (Jamaica), Recife (Brazil), Miami (USA), Jerusalem (Israel) and Nairobi (Kenya). In my own research I am focusing on the last city, where I try to understand - ethnographically - how citizenship and access to (or targeting from) security is reconfigured in hybrid forms of security governance. In my analysis I foregound how various security technologies and objects are mobilized by the private security industry, the police and the residents.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Glasius, M., & Colona, F. (2014). The Yugoslavia Tribunal: The Moving Targets of a Legal Theatre. In Abazovic, D.;Zarkov, D., Post-Yugoslavia. New Cultural and Political Perspectives (pp. 8-34). Palgrave Macmillan UK.
Albrecht, P., Mynster Christensen, M., Johansen, M. L., Kyed, H. M., Mutsaers, P., Pauschinger, D., Stepputat, F., Colona, F., Matallana-Villarreal, J., Wiuff Moe, L., van Stapele, N., Warburg, A., Koch Andersen, M. (2017). Policing Practices in a Global Perspective. From Aarhus to Manila. Copenhagen: Policy Brief for the Danish Institute for International Studies.
Price, M., Albrecht, P., Colona, F., Denney, L. and Kimari, W. (2016). Hustling for security. Managing plural security in Nairobi’s poor urban settlements. The Hague: Clingendael Conflict Research Unit.