Conflict and environment in North Lebanon The North of Lebanon is characterized by large pockets of poverty, and by repeated episodes of armed conflict. At present, it faces a large influx of Syrian refugees, and is confronted with a spillover of the Syrian war in Tripoli. The point of departure for the research program ‘Conflict and Environment’ in North-Lebanon has been the vulnerability of local communities in Nord-Lebanon.
Construction sector 15 large stakeholders from the private sector have recently signed the Governance code ‘Safety in the Construction Sector’. The intention is to improve safety in the construction sector at large, looking at safety at different levels and, by standardization, education and professional training, sharing of information and learning from each other.
Fire prevention and smart safety The Fire brigades’ Safety and Training Centre (www.troned.nl ) and the Centre for Risk management, Safety and Security work together to improve fire prevention and fire response, through analysis of fire safety, effective learning of simulations and the use of scenarios in virtual environment. SMART Safety is a central concept, and also returns in one of the pillars of Twente Safety and Security (TSS).
International security and stability The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security is involved in several academic committees and professional networks that aim to increase knowledge in the area of conflict, stability and fragility, and security.
Regulation and self-regulation The recent discussion paper ‘Veiligheid: een balans van verantwoordelijkheden’ (Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, 2013) argues that a combination of regulation and self-governance for safety and security, is only possible if the responsibilities are clearly stated and if clear agreements are made between multiple stakeholders. The Foundation for Society and Security facilitates this discussion.
Risk communication and risk awareness The University of Twente is cooperating with the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) in particular in the area of e-health. The department of Psychology, Health and Technology explores, together with RIVM, how social media can be used to increase risk awareness and to encourage behavioral change.
Safety and Security at the University The University of Twente is in the process of developing a comprehensive safety and security strategy. The objective is to ensure, as much as possible, the safety of students, staff and visitors of the University of Twente, to guarantee the physical and information security at the University at large; to identify risks that can threaten the continuity of the University, and – if necessary – to take measures at operational, tactical and strategic level.
Social Safety, Self-efficacy and Resilience The government expects more and more of citizen participation and the pro-active citizen. Although this is partly the result from financial cutbacks in the public domain, it is also related to a changing view on society. The government wants to encourage self-efficacy when particular crisis situations occur, such as power failure, ICT failure, failure of other utilities, or in case of flooding.
TEC4SE: Twente Experimental Centre for a Secure Environment Researchers of the UT are, together with the Safety Region Twente and diverse partners from the private sector, in the process of developing technology that can assist rescue-teams, by providing real-time information; in order for them to be well prepared and to do their work at the best of their capacities.
Twente Safety and Security The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security is program leader of the program on social safety and self-efficacy within Twente Safety and Security (TS&S). TS&S is a regional consortium of municipalities, the Twente Safety Region (with police and fire brigade), several companies, the Applied University of Technology Saxion, and the University of Twente. Twente Safety and Security, has three pillars: Safe Cities; Smart Safety; and Social safety and Self-efficacy. It intends to create innovations that contribute to safety and security; both at regional and national level.
Water security and food safety The University of Twente played an initiating role in the establishment of the Palestinian-Dutch Academic Consortium on Water. This consortium consists of 5 Dutch and 5 Palestinian Universities and aims to contribute to increased individual, organizational and institutional capacity for water-related research, training and education in Palestine. The University of Twente is represented in the Management Team of the program, under the Centre of Risk Management, Safety and Security.