Research / Themes / Trends in governance / Nodal security governance

The term ‘nodal governance’ is used as an analytical guide in identifying and describing the variety of entities and processes involved in the production of security and justice at local, regional, national, and international levels. In collaboration with an international network of scholars and practitioners, we examine how ‘nodes’ differentially construct and manage problems of security, as well as how they co-exist, compete, and collaborate. We connect our findings to developments in regulatory theory, such as responsive regulation and restorative justice. The nodal framework has informed our collaborative work with policy-makers and practitioners aimed at designing and implementing governance arrangements that center on the knowledge and capacity of ‘weak’ actors (including the young and the poor) in shaping and producing security.

Related faculty

Jennifer Wood
Jerry Ratcliffe

Selected publications

Harris, N. & Wood, J. (2008) Governing beyond command and control: A responsive and nodal approach to child protection, pp. 329-346 in M. Deflem (ed) Surveillance and Governance: Crime Control and Beyond. Emerald.

Marks, M. & Wood, J. (2008) Generating youth safety from below: Situating young people at the centre of knowledge production’, in Williamson, T. [ed.] The Handbook of Knowledge Based Policing: Current Conceptions and Future Directions. West Sussex: John Wiley and Sons.

Wood, J. & Font, E. (2007) Crafting the governance of security in Argentina: Engaging with global trends’, pp. 329-356 in Sheptycki, J. & Goldsmith, A. [eds.] Crafting Global Policing. Oxford: Hart.

Wood, J. & Shearing, C. (2007) Imagining Security. Cullompton: Willan.

Wood, J. and Dupont, B. [eds.] (2006) Democracy, Society and the Governance of Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.