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About us

URBSEC is an open and accessible center that facilitates and initiates meetings and collaboration between scholars and scientists; private and public sector experts; and other invited experts and lay people from civil society as well as the voluntary sector. Interested parties are welcome to make contact about ideas and collaborative possibilities.

The core function of URBSEC is to broker collaborative research that contributes to counter, reduce, and manage risks, threats, insecurities and vulnerabilities in ways that build a safe, secure, and resilient as well as socially inclusive society. URBSEC research should seek solutions and innovations that further democratic development and transparency as well as long-term economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

The core function of the Urban Safety and Societal Security Research Center (URBSEC) is to initiate, facilitate, and broker collaborative research that contributes 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 supports and works with researchers from, in particular, University of Gothenburg, but also from Chalmers University of Technology, and other Swedish universities.

URBSEC facilitates projects 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.