Urban violence, youth and education


The conceptualization of education and conflict has undergone a significant change over the past two decades. Although to a large extent still co-existing in separate academic and practitioner silos, the linkages between education and urban violence have begun to emerge as a central concern for a variety of stakeholders working on sustainable development and in the debates around the Agenda 2030, especially in connection with the SDGs 4, 8, 11 and 16. A critical examination of this relationship is important in view of a range of societal changes taking place around the world, including a growing younger population, rampant urbanization and spatial fragmentation, rising social inequalities and high rates of (lethal) violence. This level of violence is on a par with or higher than in countries affected by intra-state armed conflict or socio-political emergency.

Main Objectives and Output

Strategically located in Geneva and benefiting from its relations with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, NORRAG plays a critical role in furthering the debate on how the education sector thinks about “violence” and, in turn, how violence and security analysts view the role of education in such settings. NORRAG is thus uniquely placed to act as a knowledge broker and convener on the interface between urban violence, education and youth policies.


  • Critically analyse and disseminate research and policy on the topic of urban violence , education and youth policies
  • Encourage dialogue and cooperation between research and policy among stakeholders working in the fields of ‘violence’ and ‘education’
  • Utilize a variety of methods (quantitative and qualitative) for adequate evidence building of the interaction between urban violence and education
  • Provide a solid evidence base of good practices or lessons learnt to leverage of education strategies on violence prevention and reduction.