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Urban Safety Policies – Integrating Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Developing Safer Cities

Online (Zoom), August 6, 2020, 10.00-12.00 (Romanian time, in English)

Urban Safety becomes an increasingly important topic as concern for the development of safe and sustainable cities amounts throughout society. This is evident also in the fact that one of the SDGs (Goal nr. 11) is aimed at making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. These are legitimate concerns as intense urbanization – by 2050 the world’s urban population is expected to nearly double – presents massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety and natural resources, among others.

Given this trend and the fact that urbanization is the strongest predictor for crime and victimization (UN – CVS), urban policies for crime prevention and increasing the safety of urban dwellers should be on the public agenda. Unfortunately, when developing city strategies, crime prevention is usually neglected in favor of other topics such as infrastructure development, mobility, or economic development. However, since crime prevention is closely tied to all these aspects (e.g.: criminals travel as ordinary people do), cities should consider how development affects opportunities for crime and how they should design out crime through tools such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.


Lev Fejes

Departments/units: Summer School 2020; Educational Programs Department; Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, Young Researchers Club

Regions: Romania, Global

Topics:  Security and Peacebuilding, Cities, Architecture and Urbanism

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