Safe places and politics of fear: An interdisciplinary investigation of “Sanctuary Cities” | Global Resilience Institute

This project considers ways that cities might become more resilient as they respond to various forms of oppression, human rights violations, and other unjust exercises of power worldwide. Beginning with the city of Boston, the interdisciplinary team seeks to explore four aspects of the sanctuary cities concept and its implementation in the city:

  1. Philosophical grounding
  2. Intersecting legal frameworks, including infrastructure, immigrant status and law enforcement
  3. Their impacts on health and well-being of city residents
  4. Their spatial dimensions.

Through this initial project, several pilot projects will be formed to further explore the impact and significance of the sanctuary city concept, leveraging ongoing research involving immigrants’ experiences of bias in Boston. Additionally, expanding their knowledge base through engagement with local and national experts, the project team intends to initiate a comparative analysis between Boston and two other U.S. sanctuary cities.

Project Principal Investigators