The BESECURE project aimed to improve the way policy makers use knowledge, experiences and data in their decision making process in urban security. The project developed novel tools that emphasise knowledge sharing and evidence-based policy design and that are grounded in an extensive review of urban security practices from across Europe. Through case studies in eight urban areas across Europe, the project amassed a wide compendium of interesting practices. Based on case study work and further exploration, the project established a robust information structure to capture the essential dimensions of urban security practices and make them transferrable. Furthermore, it built up methods to analyse, compare and share best practices and built a support platform that brings these innovations together in an integrated manner that provides a new level of support to policy makers. 

The platform is designed primarily to inform local government decision makers and their advisers with the goal of improving urban security in general and more specifically to prevent urban areas moving into “crisis states” or to help reduce those in “crisis states”. In this connection the platform should also help decision makers to determine where best to allocate resources and to measure the impact of measures taken.



Heather Griffioen-Young




Project Team

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Duration: 01.04.2012 - 31.03.2015
Project management: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann
Support: 7th EU-Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development
Scientific Assistance: Sabrina Ellebrecht