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Surveillance in Urban Nightscapes

The socio-spatial effects of video-surveillance in urban nightlife districts

Project Manager: Prof. dr. Nelly Oudshoorn
Faculty of Management and Governance
Tel.: +31-53-4893344
Email: n.e.j.oudshoorn@utwente.nl


The multidisciplinary research team consist of drs. Tjerk Timan (PhD student at STePs; UT); drs. Jelle Brands (PhD student Dept Social Geography, University of Utrecht; postdoc (vacancy; UU); and four senior researchers for supervision, coordination and co-authoring of publications (dr. Irina van Aalst (UU); prof.dr. Martin Dijst (UU); prof.dr Nelly Oudshoorn (UT); and dr.Tim Schwanen (UU). 

The emergence of video-surveillance technologies asks for a fundamental, critical reflection on what is called the ‘surveillance society’. The introduction of these novel technologies has major societal and ethical consequences for citizens. Although surveillance technologies promise to promote public safety for everybody, current practices of use suggest that closed-circuit television (CCTV) may produce socially exclusive spaces. Based on empirical studies, this research project aims to generate recommendations about how video surveillance’s potential to produce socially inclusive and heterogeneous spaces in and around nightlife districts can be maximized. This research is a collaborative project between the University of Twente and Utrecht University.

Project duration: October 2009 – October 2013
Project budget: 550 k-€
Number of person/years: 3 fte / yr
Participants: UT, Universiteit Utrecht
Project budget CTIT: 205 k-€ (funding)
Number of person/years CTIT: 1.2 fte
Involved groups: Centre for Studies of Science, Technology and Society (CSSTS)