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Safety and Security of Citizens and Society

Current geo-political uncertainties and major political, social and economic changes are causing significant apprehension among individuals, communities, corporations and states. Approaches and solutions once assumed unambiguous or universal have become unravelled and displaced by social fragmentation and individualisation.

This shift has created a sense of instability and mistrust among individuals, communities, institutions and states, which has brought about a fundamental transformation in the governing of post-industrial societies. Societal changes intertwined with changes in technology are changing the ways that individuals, communities and societies communicate and cohere. These technologies are both part of the challenges we face and an important element of our responses.

Consequently, policymaking on both national and international platforms is marked by an expansion of policies targeting risks to the safety and security of citizens and society. The nature of such risks is diverse, but they are characterised by uncertainty and social fear. They include but are not limited to:

  • Controversies around environmental risks, such as climate change, pollution and natural disasters
  • Consumer risks including food safety, transport safety, and patient safety
  • Crime including terrorism, trafficking, sexual offences, violent and acquisitive crime and crime perceptions
  • Technological and industrial risks including cyber security, industrial accidents, and risks from new technology including AI

Safety and Security of Citizens and Society is therefore a core research theme within NTU that connects world-leading researchers in science and technology, social sciences, and arts and humanities to explore the nature of, and potential solutions to, these policy challenges in order to make individuals and society safer and more secure.