Safety is a hot item. Especially in places where large numbers of people spend time, live and work. Places like our cities. Sometimes safety is threatened. Think about terrorist attacks, shootings, robberies and other forms of crime and violence, accidents, fires, collapsing buildings, etc.
Of course we take all kinds of measures to make our cities safer. In doing so we take into account our personal safety (terrorism and criminality), but also our digital safety (cyber attacks), safety in health care (access to health care, first aid and hospitals) and a safe infrastructure (road safety, safe buildings and safe bridges). We do everything within our power to make inhabitants of cities feel relatively safe. But doing this has its consequences for lots of aspects of society. At the Open University of the Netherlands we do research on these aspects and consequences, give advice based on our expertise and contribute to juridical or legal solutions for safety problems.
Safety in Urban Environments