IGS University of Twente

What we do

What we do

Safety and Security at the university Safety and security are important topics, not only for researchers, but also for policy makers at the university itself. For that reason, a Working Group on Integral Safety and Security conducted a risk assessment in terms of safety and security risks. The risk assessment comprises of several domains, such as physical safety, external safety, risks to the environment, risks to the health of employees, ICT risks, and risks related to confidential information and integrity of staff and students. Conflict and environment in North Lebanon The program ‘Conflict and Environment’ [Conflict en Milieu] in North Lebanon has been completed. The program focused on vulnerability of local population groups in North Lebanon, in an area that is characterized by repeated episodes of armed conflict(s) and war. In this research program, we addressed ‘vulnerability’ from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Three components are essential in the analysis of vulnerability: exposure, sensitivity and resilience. One of the findings is that communal structures often seemed more important for determining resilience than individual empowerment, logically reflects Lebanon’s communal political system; where citizenship depends less on individual rights than on group membership. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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.