Disaster Research Unit (DRU)
Branch office of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung / Federal Minsitry of Education and Research)
Reference number: 13N13202
Partners in Cooperation:
Universität Tübingen – International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)
Universität Tübingen – Stiftungsprofessur für Kriminalprävention und Risikomanagement (SKR)
Bergische Universität Wuppertal – Institute for Security Systems (ISS)
FU Berlin - Disaster Research Unit (DRU)
City of Stuttgart
City of Wuppertal
Deutsch-Europäisches Forum für Urbane Sicherheit / German-European Forum for Urban Security (DEFUS)
Deutscher Präventionstag - Annual International Forum (DPTAIF)
The theoretical and empirical aim of the sub-project is to generate in-depth understanding of the habitational and residential conditions of the various social milieus, which should then give forth to conclusions about the relationship between the subjective and objectified conceptions of safety and security. Upon the basis of our theoretical analysis, the principle practical goal of the project is to develop a process for negotiation, with which a (more) just distribution of safety and security in the city can be achieved.
To achieve these overarching objectives of the project, various theoretical approaches (security, vulnerability and milieu research, theory of space, and urban sociology) will be applied, combined, and consolidated into a theoretical framework. Taking advantage of the foundational insights as provided by disaster research, the projects aims to develop novel indicators to measure the subjective perceptions of safety, security, and vulnerability, as well as indicators for ascertaining resource related vulnerability.
In order to paint a picture of proper depth and breadth, we are combining both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in our empirical investigation.
This catalogue of research points touches upon many important questions: questions which concern the contemporary and future just distribution of safety and security in cities and the politics of planning thereof.