The URBIS project questions the possibilities for ‘urban security management’ given the increasing freedom of movement of people, goods and services across national borders, an increasingly austere economic climate and consequent pressures on governing capacity in European cities. The distinctiveness of the current situation is captured in the idea of ‘acting locally while thinking globally’ about threats to the freedom and security of European citizens. In particular the project explores which public authorities are empowered and legally obliged to manage urban security, what skills and competencies they have to undertake this responsibility and what educational and training provision currently exists in support of their work. On the basis of this review, the project will consider any further need to professionalise this area of work. It will then design and trial a postgraduate-level programme of teaching and learning emphasising a comparative understanding of urban security in Europe and questioning the possibilities for exchanging expertise and experience amongst public authorities.
For further details see ‘About the project’.
Project start: 01/11/2011
Project end: 30/04/2014
Project Coordinator: SINERGIE Soc. Cons. a r. l.
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Contacts: Amanda Zuffi
17 October 2013: the pilot course planned for next year within the URBIS project has been launched to the Executive Committee of the Italian Forum for Urban Security.
NewsletterThe second Newsletter of the URBIS project is now available for download.