Scott A. Bollens

Professor and Endowed Chair in Peace and International Cooperation, Planning, Policy & Design
School of Social Ecology

PH.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Phone: (949) 824-7696

University of California, Irvine

Mail Code: 7075
Irvine, CA 92697

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thnic/group disparities and urban planning, politically divided cities, urban growth policy, intergovernmental approaches to planning
Prof. Bollens studies ethnicity and urban policy, development strategies, and regional and intergovernmental approaches to planning. Here are questions that guide my research and teaching: (1) what is the role and influence of urban planning and policy amidst deep inter-group conflict, (2) can bottom-up urbanism contribute to top-down peacemaking and efforts to democratize a multinational society, (3) what is the relationship between how governance is structured in metropolitan areas and the equality/inequality of opportunity across individuals and localities?

Over the past 20 years, Bollens has interviewed over 300 urban professionals and community advocates in Jerusalem, Belfast, Johannesburg, Nicosia (Cyprus), Sarajevo and Mostar (Bosnia), Barcelona and Basque cities (Spain), and Beirut about the role of urban policy and city building amidst nationalistic ethnic conflict and political transitions. Recent books include City and Soul in Divided Societies (2012, Routledge Press), Cities, Nationalism, and Democratization (2007, Routledge), On Narrow Ground (2000, State University of New York Press) and Urban Peace-Building in Divided Societies (1999, Westview Press).

Prof. Bollens' most recent book is City and Soul in Divided Societies (published September 2011 by Routledge Press).

Prof. Bollens has written four books, more than 35 journal articles and book chapters in leading venues over the past 20 years, and has presented at numerous public forums in the U.S. and throughout the world. He has consulted, given invited presentations, and done commissioned work for the following in the field of peace and international cooperation:

Rand Corporation/ U.S. Department of State (ethnic enclaves in post-war Baghdad) /

GIZ Afghanistan (German NGO), Country Risk Management Office, Kabul (urban conflict analysis) /

United States Embassy, Vienna /

United Nations Development Programme, Bi-Communal Development Programme /

London School of Economics and Political Science, Crisis States Research Centre /

Canada Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade /

Canadian Consortium on Human Security /

Comparative Urban Studies Project, Wilson International Center for Scholars /

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center /

Sarajevo Canton Institute for Development Planning /

Jerusalem Institute of Israel Studies /

Palestinian International Peace and Cooperation Center /

Swedish Institute and the Olof Palme International Center /

Aula Barcelona (Fundacio CIDOB), Barcelona /

Organization of Arab Architects (Lebanon)

American University of Beirut
Publications Scott Bollens. 2014. Managing Multicultural Cities in Divided Countries. In K. Good, L. Turgeon, T. Triadafilopoulos (Eds.), Segmented Cities?: How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics. (pp. 226-249). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. University of British Columbia.

Scott Bollens. 2013. Bounding Cities as a Means of Managing Conflict: Sarajevo, Beirut, and Jerusalem. Peacebuilding, 1(2), 186-206.

Scott Bollens. 2013. Governing Polarized Cities. In J. McEvoy, B. O'Leary (Eds.), Power-Sharing in Deeply Divided Places. (pp. 327-361). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania.

Scott Bollens. 2013. Urban Planning and Policy. In R. MacGinty (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding. (pp. 375-386). Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Scott Bollens. 2013. Transformative and Counter-Hegemonic Planning Regimes: South Africa and Lebanon. In F. Chiodelli, B. De Carli, M. Falletti, L. Scavuzzo (Eds.), Cities to be Tamed? Spatial Investigations across the Urban South. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Scott A. Bollens. 2012. City and Soul in Divided Societies. Oxford and New York: Routledge Press.

Scott A. Bollens. 2010. “Trincee in Citta: Muri, Confini, Costituzioni” (Entrenching Urban Territory: Wall, Border, Constitution). Storia Urbana (Urban History) 128: 1-27. Italian.

Scott A. Bollens. 2009. "Intervening in Politically Turbulent Cities: Spaces, Buildings, and Boundaries." Journal of Urban Technology 16, 2: 79-107.

Scott A. Bollens. 2009. “Comparative Research on Urban Political Conflict: Policy Amidst Polarization.” The Open Urban Studies Journal 2, 1-17.

Scott A. Bollens. 2008. “Human Security Through an Urban Lens.” Journal of Human Security 4, 3: 36-53.

Scott A. Bollens. 2008. "The City, Substate Nationalism, and European Governance." Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 14, 2: 189-222.

Scott A. Bollens. 2008. "Urbanism, Political Uncertainty, and Democratization. Urban Studies 45, 5/6: 1255-1289.

Scott A. Bollens. 2007. "Urban Governance at the Nationalistic Divide: Coping with Group-Based Claims. Journal of Urban Affairs 29, 3: 229-253.

Scott A. Bollens. 2007. Cities, Nationalism, and Democratization. Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Scott A. Bollens. 2006. "Urban Planning and Peace Building. Progress in Planning. 66, 2: 67-139.

Goldstein, Harvey A., Scott Bollens, Chris Silver, and Edward Feser. 2006. "An Experiment in the Internationalization of Planning Education: The NEURUS Program." Journal of Planning Education and Research 25, 3: 349-363.

Scott A. Bollens. 2003. "In Through the Back Door: Social Equity and Regional Governance." Housing Policy Debate 13, 4, 631-657. Note: A featured forum article with companion commentary articles by Myron Orfield and Mark Alan Hughes.

Guzzetta, Jacqueline D. and Scott A. Bollens. 2003. "Urban Planners' Skills and Competencies: Are We Different from Other Professions? Does Context Matter? Do We Evolve?" Journal of Planning Education and Research 23, 1: 96-106.
  Scott A. Bollens. 2002. "Urban Planning and Inter-Group Conflict: Confronting a Fractured Public Interest." Journal of the American Planning Association 68, 1.
  Scott A. Bollens. 2002. "City and Soul: Sarajevo, Johannesburg, Jerusalem, Nicosia." City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 6, 1.
  Scott A. Bollens. 2000. On Narrow Ground: Urban Policy and Conflict in Jerusalem and Belfast. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  Scott A. Bollens. 1999. Urban Peace-Building in Divided Societies: Belfast and Johannesburg. Boulder, CO and Oxford, UK: Westview Press.
  Scott A. Bollens. 1998. "Ethnic Stability and Urban Reconstruction: Policy Dilemmas in Polarized Cities." Comparative Political Studies 31, 6: 683-713.
American Planning Association
American Political Science Association
Research Center Global Peace and Conflict Studies
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