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Best practice Enhancers for Security in Urban Environments

Objective

Urban security is a complex multi-dimensional process that results from the interaction of an increasingly diverse collection of stakeholders. Many factors influence urban security, from the physical layout to the social and economic makeup of urban zones, from the political and economic landscape on a national level to the daily practices of public services that are active in the area. Seemingly unrelated events may trigger sudden escalation of unrest in neighbourhoods that have been under social tension for a prolonged period of time. Europe has seen many severe instances of urban unrest in recent times, but also the rapid expansion of new urban environments, and new types of communities due to migration, economic tension and social developments. These developments demand a better understanding of urban security throughout Europe, and more sensible policy development to create safer urban environments, and prevent undesirable security scenarios.



Policy makers need to know and understand which factors directly or indirectly impact urban security and safety. This includes an appreciation of security status (such as threat levels and potential for crime) as well as public perception of safety and security. A failure by policy makers to timely recognise and mitigate such threats may allow unrest to develop, and consequently affect the prosperity and functionality of the area. Policy makers need to become aware of the interdependency of factors, and define policy based on that comprehension. However, in reality, most decisions are made on the basis of local, long-standing best practices. Given the universal importance of urban security, it is vital to share knowledge and practices among stakeholders throughout Europe, and to jointly work on a common understanding of urban security.



The project ‘Best practice Enhancers for Security in Urban Regions’ (BESECURE) will work towards a better understanding of urban security through examination of different European urban areas. By examining 8 urban areas throughout Europe, BESECURE will build a comprehensive and pragmatic set of indicators, and a pragmatic risk assessment model that can provide cues about the development of certain scenarios. BESECURE will improve urban security policy making by sharing best practices that are in use throughout Europe, and by providing visualisation and assessment tools and guidelines that will help local policy makers to assess the impact of their practices, and improve their decision making.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2011-1
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Heather Griffioen-Young (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 760 414

Participants (14)

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 520 345
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Marie Patton (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 551 474
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 237 920
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan Kaufmann (Dr.)
ITTI SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 300 500
Address
Rubiez 46
61-612 Poznan

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lidia Samp (Ms.)
THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE CHARITABLE TRUST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 112 459
Address
Brookmill Road 39 The Stephen Lawrence House Deptford
SE8 4HU London

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eleanor Howard (Mrs.)
FUTURE ANALYTICS CONSULTING LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 280 920
Address
Fitzwilliam Square 23
D02 RV08 Dublin

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
William Hynes (Dr.)
JVM LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 175 708
Address
Gerard Avenue 18
CM23 4DU Bishop S Stortford

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joanna Beaumont (Ms.)
Crabbe Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 159 680
Address
314 Bishopton Road West
TS19 7LZ Stockton-on-tees

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephen Crabbe (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 104 546
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gabriella Esposito (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI MEDITERRANEA DI REGGIO CALABRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 91 120
Address
Via Salita Melissari Feo Di Vito
89124 Reggio Calabria

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carmelina Bevilacqua (Prof.)
EXPERIAN NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 44 595
Address
Verheeskade 25
2521 BE Den Haag

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Veenstra (Mr.)
STICHTING DR HILDA VERWEY-JONKER INSTITUUT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 42 796
Address
Kromme Nieuwegracht 6
3512HG Utrecht

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Freek De Meere (Dr.)
INSTITUTE FOR HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 3 331,20
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alexander Otgaar (Dr.)
ERASMUS CENTRE FOR URBAN,PORT AND TRANSPORT ECONOMICS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 82 283,80
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexander Otgaar (Dr.)