While humankind has faced risks and hazards, crises and emergencies, ever since the first humans walked the earth, combined technological, social, and urban development continues to present societies with ever new challenges for the provision of safe and secure living conditions and environments.
Established in 2011, the Urban Safety and Societal Security Research Center (URBSEC) is a shared mission between University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. The center is conceived to meet present challenges and insecurities through research and innovation that cross the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge, bridge divides between the social sciences and technology, and engage multiple external stakeholders.
URBSEC offers an interface between practice and academia where needs and problems as experienced by various social actors can be transformed into research and innovation. The center is a networked community of researchers and research capacities always on standby, functioning as a pool of resources to be mobilized and assembled corresponding to identified needs and priorities as well as requests and urgencies as they emerge in practice.
In collaboration with governmental as well as non-governmental organizations, businesses and think tanks, the expressed objective is to produce knowledge that supports innovations and solutions which contribute to counter, reduce, and manage risks, threats, insecurities and vulnerabilities in ways that build a resilient socially inclusive society.
[1 Mar 2017]
[22 Feb 2017]
[10 Jan 2017]
[7 Nov 2016]
[17 Oct 2016]
24 Apr [Conference]
9 May at 1:15 PM [Research Seminar]
10 May at 10:00 AM [Conference]
17 May at 1:15 PM [Seminar series]
18 May at 1:15 PM [Seminar series]
Read more and stay updated with useful links on the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS) website
Read about 'Safety', 'Resilience', and UN-Habitat's other 'Urban Themes' for a better urban future
Read more about the SafePlaces Network, supported by the Swedish Council for Crime Prevention
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction presents the 2015-2030 voluntary Sendai Framework