The URBIS project - Urban Manager for Security Safety and Crisis Mangement - 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.


Start: 01/11/2011- End: 30/04/2014

SINERGIE Soc. Cons. a r. l. (Italy)
Referent person: Amanda Zuffi        

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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 Final Conference

“Urban security and safety in Europe: from global perspectives to local actions”

On 17th April 2014 the Urbis Project Final Conference took place at the Hotel Wyndham İzmir Özdilek’ in Izmir, Turkey.

More than 100 participants attended the event and more than 200 people were also connected via the streaming provided during the conference.

The event ended in the afternoon with the organization of a workshop giving the chance to interested participants to analyse in depth the issues discussed during the morning session.

See the programme, speakers' presentations and more pictures in 'Meetings and events'.



Greetings from the project team

At the end of this journey it is possible to affirm that one of the main strength of the Urbis Project has been its capabilities to listen to and to understand the needs and the expectation of our quickly changing society.

On one side the Urbis Project has had in fact the capability to listen to and to understand the needs of the EU and its call for a contribution to the development of a more effective crime prevention strategy to be realized also through the development of more effective urban security policies across the different Member States.

The Urbis Project  answers to this call through its ambitious overall objective that is to create a European new professional profile responsible for security, safety and crisis management of urban areas: the Urban Security Manager. On the other side, the project has had the capability to listen to and to understand the needs and the expectations of people and experts.

The Urbis Project has in fact made questions and carefully listened to the answer of scientific experts from the academy, national-level policy makers, local practitioners-managers and students and has then used all the answers to develop a professional profile that could be really defined as an EU profile. Nothing during the project development has been taken for granted. Instead at each stages the staff members make themselves questions and worked together to find answer. That bring us to the second strength of the Urbis Project that has been surely the cohesion among staff members, that really worked together, but also the cohesion among each work package and each deliverables.

This cohesion, this team work, this willing to find answers and offer solutions made these months a wonderful journey that we are going to continue in the next future! We really want to believe that the beautiful Izmir has been just a place were to rest for a while before move again!



Amanda Zuffi


Sara Cattabriga


Speranza Boccafogli 


Leila Zarini


Rossella Selmini


Guldan Kalem


Turkan Canbaz


Bernarda Tominc


Gordon Hughes


Adam Edwards


Nicholas Lord




Gorazd Mesko


Andrej Sotlar


Gian Guido Nobili

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