The concept of safe cities has evolved over the past decades from simply focusing on crime and violence to encompassing broader notions of safety from incivilities, harm and exclusion. This seminar offers a brief overview of the current multi-disciplinary debates on urban safety, its impact on different social groups, and the implications for creating safer cities. This is followed by a discussion of public perceptions and experiences of (un)safety as a salient social issue in low-crime societies such as Hong Kong. I will show that people’s sense of safety is shaped not only by crime but by local contextual knowledge of troubling behaviours and unruly environments that send ‘signals’ (Innes) about the distribution of risks and threats in particular locales.
About the Speaker
Prof. Maggy Lee is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Fellow at the Centre for Criminology at The University of Hong Kong. She has written extensively on urban safety and policing, gender and transnational migration, and the criminology of mobilities. Her current research projects include the perceptions and experiences of surveillance among domestic migrant workers (with Johnson, Goldsmiths, University of London and McCahill, Hull University, funded by the British Academy) and the Jockey Club Lab for Cultural Diversity Study in Hong Kong.
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