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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 objective of the Urban Safety and Societal Security Research Center (URBSEC) 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. URBSEC has been active since 2011 and is an expanding community of networked researchers from both University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.

URBSEC meets present challenges and insecurities through research 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.

The department is represented by Michael Landzelius and Jan Carle

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-04