» Urban planning
4. HORIZONTAL ACTIVITIES
» Scenario development and decision support
» Policy development
» Testing and validation
6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» ICT applications
7. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES
» Human Sciences
» Social Sciences
» Political Sciences
» Ethic Research
Recent studies in the field of security research:
POLIS – Police and the Public: Teaching – Intensification – Security
October 2013 – May 2015
The project Police and the Public: Teaching – Intensification – Security was commissioned by The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). POLIS picks up the different needs related to seven selected Hot Spots which became visible in another security research project (PARSIFAL), and continues research on this critical infrastructure concerning specific interests. Based on the request of the
Directorate General of Public Security (Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs) POLIS develops clear solution- and competence strategies for typical situations on the seven selected Hot Spots in Austrian towns. POLIS has a particular focus on the paradigm shift in police work and will offer a holistic approach to police activities (Community Policing). POLIS actively involves people from different professional backgrounds in the research process and develops customized solution- and competence strategies for specific places.
TOPOS – Topography of subjective (in)security in the city of Wels
October 2013 – September 2014
The project “TOPOS” is promoted within the Security Research Funding KIRAS by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. This projects aims at the development of an app for the city of Wels (Upper Austria), which records on the spot the subjectively perceived feeling of (in)-security of the users in public areas. The project TOPOS is coordinated by the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology and implemented together with the police command of Wels and SYNE Marketing & Consulting GmbH. The development of an app raises a lot of ethical questions and questions about data security. Therefore queraum. cultural and social research is responsible for the ethical monitoring and invites different stakeholders to workshops to accompany the technical development through a participatory process. In this context the key aspect of privacy by design is an important issue.
PARSIFAL – Participative Safety Research within Academic Education and Training in Austria
December 2011 – July 2013
The study Participative Safety Research within Academic Education and Training in Austria was commissioned by the Austrian Association for Research Funding (FFG) and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and combined empirical findings concerning subjective safety with the implementation of these outputs into the police training. The collection of the data took place on seven Hot Spots in Austrian Cities. The thematic focus in this connection was on the interactions between the different user groups, which sometimes come into conflict on these places.
The innovative character of this study can be found in the commonly scientific
realization of this project between social scientists and senior police officers.
This participative approach produced findings, which are practice oriented
for the daily routine of police work.
Perceptions of physical and social insecurity – How to cope with them in urban planning
November 2010 – October 2011
This project was initiated by the municipal Department MA18 in Vienna (Urban development and urban planning). It was dedicated to find out how urban planning can cope with perceptions of insecurity in urban space. Based on new and existing data, recommendations to optimize urban planning processes were developed. The project also aimed at improving the interdisciplinary exchange between various relevant fields (security research, community work, urban development...). As one result a guideline with the topic “Physical and Social Threats – How can urban planning help?” was developed.