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Security Analysis and Networking for Changing Urban Quarters (SiQua)


Contracting authority (client):

Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the program "Research for Civil Security / Announcement: "Future Security in Urban Areas".

Project description:

Quarters and neighborhoods are central places for living together. Current migration movements are changing the composition of the population. They can affect the sense of security of residents and lead to conflicts of use. This poses new challenges for municipal actors. We are investigating how these processes of change how people live together in their neighborhoods. In workshops with residents and local actors, we develop ways to strengthen neighborhood cohesion. The aim is to improve living conditions in the neighborhoods.

We conduct research and work in nine urban districts in Berlin, Dresden and Essen. A particularly strong social change can be observed in these neighborhoods. Geographers, sociologists, psychologists and political scientists work together with residents, district managers, urban planners, social workers, prevention officers, schools and the police. Thus, science and practice work hand in hand in the project.

Representatives of the German Police College in Münster, the Institute of Sociology at the Technical University of Dresden, the Centre for Technology and Society at the Technical University of Berlin, the Regional Science Working Group at the University of Potsdam and the Stiftung Sozialpädagogisches Institut Berlin are carrying out the project together with numerous practical partners. The project group at the University of Potsdam organizes the dialogue-based workshops, in which perspectives on the situation in the city districts are reflected, solutions are developed and their implementation is accompanied.

The SiQua project outline can be viewed here

Project participants:

Julia Burgold, Jan Lorenz Wilhelm, Katharina Mohring, Manfred Rolfes

Processing time:

since 2017