Theme 1. Complex networks
Theme 1. The safe city as a complex system of networks: physical and social networks for cities of today and tomorrow

Coordination: Stefan Dekker (Science) en Marjan Vermeulen (OW)

Worldwide, cities tend to have air pollution levels above health-based standards, while a growing number of traffic accidents and terrorist attacks pose greater risks for urban residents. Urban safety is often conceived in terms of four categories: digital, health, infrastructure and physical. Although cities are often seen as unsustainable and unsafe, they should also be regarded as intrinsic to solutions for these problems. Cities are complex networks of interdependent subsystems. To comprehend the nature of a safe and sustainable city, our research aims to link social and physical networks in a scalable way, from urban neighborhoods to urban hinterlands.