SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Mr Hugh Lamarque

MA (Cantab) MSc (Edin)
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Hugh Lamarque
Mr Hugh Lamarque
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Thesis title:
Insulating the Borderland: Policing practice in African frontiers
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PhD Research

The Rwanda-DRC border separates one of Africa's most internally secure territories from one of its least. This is most apparent in the border towns of Gisenyi and Rusizi, where despite extensive local cross-border interaction, violent criminality is confined predominantly to larger urban spaces on the Congolese side of the international boundary. My research is concerned with the effective interaction between state police and non-state authorities when it comes to sustaining cross-border imbalances in violent crime rates. I propose a comparative analysis of policing practices in Gisenyi and Rusizi, focused on the recent history of the Rwandan National Police (RNP), day-to-day policing activity, police training (including international forms), variations in crime rates, and the nature of police interactions with civil society. The practice of policing in Kigali will be used to control for border-specific processes and strategies. My aim is to investigate the remarkable success of the RNP in providing a high degree of physical security in its border towns despite the close proximity to residual insecurity just across the boundary in the DRC.


Fuelling the Borderland: Power and Petrol in Goma and Gisenyi », Journal of Urban Research [Online], 10 | 2014, Online since 08 October 2014, DOI : 10.4000/articulo.2540


  • British Institute in Eastern Africa
  • African Borderlands Research Network
  • Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC)