Future Projects:

  1. "Talcott Parsons' Wanderjahre: Heidelberg" - a contribution to biographic research on Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) the social theorist
  2. “URBAN CRIMINOLOGY” - Establish a Research & Training Centre for Urban Security

Aims and objectives:

  • Development of a European knowledge hub at the interface of (1) architecture , (2) urban sociology and (3) criminology.
  • The establishment of an inter-disciplinary “Network for Urban Security”, which connects research and practice in the fields of security and urban development.

The Centre for Urban Criminology  will be a multi-disciplinary knowledge hub at the interface of architecture, urban sociology and criminology, which will be unique in European academia. The new Centre for Urban Criminology will be conceived as a research & training site founded on three pillars: Research, education and innovation will be integrated in an approach that follows the concept of “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)”. With special emphasis on crime opportunity structures, research will support a human-centred understanding of crime prevention. In a holistic approach physical, infrastructural and social conditions in combination with management of the built environment are studied with the aim to contribute to the knowledge transfer between practitioners in the building professions, security management and science.

Social Area Analyses will help understand the conditions for public order, Crime Hot Spot Analysis will study opportunities for crime in urban space, and studies on private policing in shopping centres will help understand new cultures of control in mass private properties. Crowd monitoring will be used as an instrument to study correlations between crowding and security. Together these research fields will reinforce an innovative approach to crime prevention that looks beyond punitive strategies and blind trust in security technology, but takes into account conditions in the built environment to avoid opportunities for crime, while at the same time designing attractive places in urban structures. Insights from these core fields of research will provide the basis for a certified Masters Programme that will be developed in an international consortium for practitioners and stakeholders.