Webconference: Urban planning, design and management of security in public spaces – What can we learn from European practices?

The European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is organising a webconference within the Working Group on Security and Innovation, in which the PACTESUR project is associated.

🗓️ March 31st 2021
⏰ 2pm CET

Numerous studies have shown that the planning, design and management of public spaces have an impact on security and feelings of insecurity. This is also commonly referred to as security by design in the protection of public spaces, in which esthetics and the public, open and economic nature of public spaces are taken into account. This approach can help balance efforts to increase urban resilience whilst promoting the open and inclusive character of the public sphere. A different iteration of this approach is crime prevention through urban design and planning (CP-UDP), a concept applied in the Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) project. CP-UDP seeks to positively impact the behavior of human users and embeds both protective physical features and encourages prosocial behavior through good design and place management. 

In order to better understand this approach, we invite you to our first joint session with the PACTESUR project, led by the City of Nice (France) and in which Efus is a partner. The PACTESUR project aims to empower cities and local actors in the field of security of public spaces, mainly in the face of terrorist threats, but also against other risks inherent to public spaces. Looking at the work done in this field by CCI and PACTESUR we will explore how urban planning, design and management of public spaces can address security concerns in public spaces from petty crime to terrorist threats, while maintaining the attractiveness and openness of our cities.

We set out to discuss the following questions:

  • What are the differences between security by design, crime prevention through urban planning and design (CP-UDP)?
  • How is the approach applied in different cities with different contexts? What are the most effective principles? 
  • What are the main challenges that cities face when it comes to implementing the approach?
  • How can different stakeholders (including planners, law enforcement and local authorities) cooperate in ensuring safe public spaces? 
  • What are the risks linked to security by design and CP-UDP principles and how can cities avoid them?


  • Paul Van Soomeren, Founder of the DSP Groep (NL)
  • Staņislavs Šeiko, Strategic Planning Specialist at the Riga Municipal Police (LV)
  • Vania Ceccato, Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (SE) (TBC)


  • Pauline Lesch, Programme Manager, Efus
  • Marta Pellon Brussosa, Project Officer, Efus