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  • Smart Cities of Tomorrow - Resilient Communities and Reliable Infrastructures

  • Benchmarking Safety and Security - for Whom and How, When and Where?

  • Urban Safety and Societal Security - Unequal Social Goods

  • From Electricity to Ubiquitous ICT - Vulnerabilities and Asymmetries of Access

  • Inclusive Social Movements - Sustainable and Secure Communities

  • Pathways for Open Societies - Value Tensions and Securitization Concerns

  • Imagining Urban Safety and Security - Across Space and Generations


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.

The core function of the Urban Safety and Societal Security Research Center (URBSEC) is to initiate, facilitate, and broker collaborative research that contributes to counter, reduce, and manage risks, threats, insecurities and vulnerabilities in ways that build a resilient socially inclusive society. URBSEC has been active since 2011 and supports and works with researchers from, in particular, University of Gothenburg, but also from Chalmers University of Technology, and other Swedish universities.

URBSEC facilitates projects that cross the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge, bridge divides between the social sciences and technology, and engage multiple external stakeholders. As a hub for collaboration with public bodies, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, the center offers an interface between practice and academia where needs and problems experienced by various social actors can be transformed into collaborative projects.

URBSEC receives support from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the Swedish Crime Prevention Council (BRÅ), Region Västra Götaland, and from University of Gothenburg through the host department Sociology and Work Science, the department of Applied Information Technology, the Faculty of the Social Sciences, and the School of Business, Economics and Law.

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