Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

Jennifer Taw

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This thesis examines the effectiveness of integration policies in enhancing human security within Medellín's informal settlements and explores the lessons that can be applied to address housing injustices globally. It provides a comprehensive framework that evaluates the impact of Medellín's social urbanism policies on reducing urban marginalization and improving living conditions in informal settlements. The analysis reveals that Medellín's approach to social urbanism, which emphasized inclusion, economic opportunity, and improved quality of life, succeeded in addressing certain human security challenges but fell short in tackling entrenched social inequalities. Despite these limitations, Medellín's efforts offer a potential model for proactive, collaborative governance that aims to integrate informal settlements into the broader urban context. This thesis underscores the importance of investing in these settlements as a critical step towards promoting the human security of marginalized populations and addressing broader issues of housing justice worldwide.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.