Home > Team > Julie Berg

Julie Berg


Julie Berg is a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and a lecturer in the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Glasgow. She is also a Research Fellow in the Global Risk Governance Programme. She is currently involved in the programme ‘African Security Governance: Harnessing the Capacities of Security Nodes. She is also a member of the Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI), Julie’s research focuses primarily on innovations in security governance (in Africa), collaborative policing and policing networks, as well as issues of legitimacy, accountability and democratic security governance for the public good.

Publications include:

Berg, J. and Shearing, C. (2020) Private security's accountabilities within polycentric assemblages. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Berg, J (2018) Review of: Paul Higate and Mats Utas, eds. Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday. African Studies Review, 61(1): 259-260.

Berg, J.  & Shearing, C.  2018. Governing-through-Harm and Public Goods PolicingAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 679: 72-85.

Berg, J. & Howell, S. 2017. The Private Security Complex and its Regulation in Africa: Select Examples from the Continent. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 41(4): 273-286.

Berg, J. and S. Howell. 2015. Civilian Oversight of Police in Africa: Trends and Challenges. In Prenzler, T. and G. den Heyer. Eds. Civilian Oversight of the Police: Advancing Accountability in Law Enforcement. CRC Press: London, 121-138.

Berg, J. and S. Howell. 2015. Running the Gauntlet: Police Strategies and Responses to Strike Action. In Hepple, B., Le Roux, R. and S. Sciarra. Eds. Laws Against Strikes: The South African Experience in an International and Comparative Perspective. FrancoAngelli: Rome, 185-204.

Nakueira, S. and J. Berg. 2015. Innovations in the Governance of Security: Lessons from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  In Albrecht, J., Dow, M., Plecas, D. and D. Das. Eds. Policing Major Events: Perspectives from Around the World. CRC Press, 60-73.

Berg, J. with C. Shearing. 2015. New Authorities: Relating State and Non-state Security Auspices in South African Improvement Districts.  In Albrecht, P. and H. Kyed. Eds. Policing and the Politics of Order-making. Oxon and New York: Routledge, 91-107.

Berg, J., Cartwright, J., Lamb, G. and McDonald, C. (2014) Final Report Prepared for the Legal Resources Centre: Breakdown in the Relationship Between the Police and Community in Khayelitsha. Other. Centre of Criminology and the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVi), University of Cape Town.

Diphoorn, T. and Berg, J. (2014) Typologies of Partnership Policing: Case Studies from Urban South Africa. Policing and Society 24(4): 425-442.

Berg, J., Nakueira, S. and C. Shearing. 2014. Global Non-state Auspices of Security Governance.  In Arrigo, B. and H. Bersot. Eds. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies.  Oxon: Routledge, 77-97.

Berg, J., Akinyele, R., Fourchard, L., van der Waal, K. and Williams, M. (2013) Contested social orders: negotiating urban security in Nigeria and South Africa. In: Bekker, S. and Fourchard, L. (eds.) Governing Cities in Africa: Politics and Policies. HSRC Press: Cape Town, South Africa.

Berg, J. (2012) Review of: Security Beyond the State: Private security in international politics by Rita Abrahamsen and Michael C. Williams. African Affairs, 111(444): 496-497. [Book Review]

Berg, J. and Nouveau, J.-P. (2011) Towards a third phase of regulation: re-imagining private security in South Africa. South African Crime Quarterly (38): 23-32.

Berg, J. and Shearing, C. (2011) The practice of crime prevention: design principles for more effective security governance. South Africa Crime Quarterly, 36: 23-30.

Berg, J. (2010) Seeing like private security: Evolving mentalities of public space protection in South Africa. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 10(3): 287-301.

Berg, J. (2010) Policing South African cities: plural and spatial perspectives. In: Cools, M. (ed.) Police, Policing, Policy and the City in Europe. Eleven International Publishing: The Hague.

Berg, J. and van der Spuy, E. (2010) Challenges for the good governance of security in the African context. In: Sagant, V. and Shaw, M. (eds.) International Report on Crime Prevention and Community Safety: Trends and Perspectives. International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC): Montreal, Quebec,123-125.