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Liberal Peacebuilding and Local Involvement. The aim of this project was to identify why liberal peacebuilding fails to build lasting peace despite local involvement using the cases of United Nations transitional administrations in Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste. This project is supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science KAKENHI Grant Number 17F17780. It is an extension of my doctoral dissertation on rebuilding security, justice and reconciliation, and development in Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste.

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The nature of conflict is changing as well as the spaces and places where they take place. As more and more populations move to the cities, conflicts have also taken an urban face. Much of post-conflict rebuilding and peacebuilding tools that have been developed so far, however, are not necessarily effective when applied to urban contexts. Urban conflict, therefore, requires urban peacebuilding. This research uses the case of Marawi City to examine the challenges of urban peacebuilding and contribute to more effective and contextualised approaches to promoting peace in conflict-affected cities. This research was recognized by the International Studies Association (ISA)’s Women’s Caucus for the 2019 Deborah Gerner Grant for Professional Development.