Theme 2. Governing the safe city: yesterday, today and tomorrow
Coordination: Gemma Blok (CW), Dave Huitema (Science) en Emile Kolthoff (RW)
Ever since people lived in cities, it has been important for residents and city administrators to pursue a safe and healthy living environment in their own city. Safety is a public good, in which all city residents share, but it is also a private good that residents may organize on their own and for themselves only. This explains that over the centuries, safety provisions – whether applying to physical safety, health or crime – have increasingly become a task of local and national government, if always in close cooperation with civic organizations. This research theme focuses on the interactions and governance concerning the dilemmas and the development of practices for ensuring multilevel urban safety in the post-1945 era.