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CPTED principles and the safety needs of LBQTI+ people in Poland and Sweden

Time: Thu 2022-09-29 17.30

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In this webinar, we assess current models of public safety planning by casting light on the safety needs of LGBTQ+ people. Compared with other groups in society, relatively little is known about the safety conditions of LGBTQ+ people. Inspired by principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), a conceptual framework is proposed to compare the safety conditions experienced by LGBTQ+ people captured by survey data from Poland and Sweden-two countries that reflect the extremes of the spectrum of LGBTQ+'s rights in Europe. We finalize the webinar by challenging the legacy of current planning public safety frameworks and suggesting a new research agenda.

The event is part of UN-HABITAT Safercities Program of 40 days Safer Cities Challenge
A webinar series in 2022 organized by KTH Safeplaces network and RFSL – The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights in cooperation with several national and international organizations.

A sustainable city is a safe place, one that allows movement without fear of crime, victimization, or harassment, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity (UN-Habitat, 2019; Swedish GovernmSafe placesent, 2021). Current dominant approaches to public safety and feminist urban planning have not yet been fully employed to accommodate the safety needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. The involvement of LGBTQ+ communities in public safety conversations to influence planners and decision-makers towards more inclusive public safety is essential to the process of achieving 2030's sustainable development goals. This seminar series invites you to reflect upon what happens in public places in terms of incidences of discrimination and crime and why planning theory and practices are failing to ensure the safety needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. We delve into the meaning of places of vulnerability and victimization but more importantly, of places that represent an individual's resistance, activism, and empowerment. We wish to unravel forms of resistance that manifest against structures of power in everyday queer lives in the rural-urban continuum. We hope to create an arena for an interdisciplinary discussion about the safety needs of LGBTQ+ individuals by engaging practitioners and researchers as well as groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex rights.


Vania Ceccato, Prof. Department of urban planning and environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Emilia Bogacka, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

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