BOOKLETS available

Booklets based on the findings of the 3 workshops that took place at the conference and built on by our 2013 Winter School students are now available.

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Abstracts & Select Proceedings 

The Abstracts and Select proceedings of the first Design and Crime Conference, held in Sydney in December 2012 are now available online. 

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Thank you to all the presenters and attendees at the first Design and Crime Conference held at UTS last month. Day One was full of thought provoking presentations which led to many animated discussions at the cocktail party and Design and Crime Exhibition. Day Two enabled all attendees to put their ideas and particular expertise into action at the workshop sessions on Circular Quay, Barangaroo and Kings Cross. The Conference Program and Proceedings is available here to enable the knowledge transfer on design and crime to continue.

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On day two of the conference (13th December) participants will have the opportunity to gain an exclusive insight into how design is being used to tackle crime and safety issues at one of three iconic Sydney locations. The sessions include a site visit hosted by key people managing these sites followed up by designer lead workshops exploring innovative solutions to the problems identified.

Workshop 1: Barangaroo


WORKSHOP 3: Kings Cross

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This is a meeting of professionals and academics from diverse backgrounds coming together to explore new ways of preventing crime, increasing safety and making places work better.

The unique structure of this conference is designed to deliver strategies and practical solutions to the problems you face in reducing crime. No matter what your tasks and responsibilities, the focus is on solutions! In addition to keynote talks by world leaders you will learn about current research and practice at the intersection of criminology and design. You will also have the chance to workshop real problems with experts. Best of all, you will leave Sydney with a network delivering ongoing support into the future.

Five streams - RetailUrban LivingLate Night EconomyTransport and Counter-terrorism - give attendees the opportunity to concentrate on issues of particular concern.

Join us in Sydney to meet the world specialists in your discipline and acquire the latest thinking in making places safer. This conference will change the way you approach crime prevention.

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A quick glance at any publicly available crime density map will reveal that transport hubs attract a high number of personal and property crimes… …

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Urban Living

Crime in urban spaces ranges across all crime types… …

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The risk of a terrorist attack is constant in many of the world's cities, particularly in transport hubs and public open spaces… …

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The retail sector is the target of a diverse range of crimes, from shoplifting to burglary, fraud and robbery … …

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Late Night Economy

Crime in the Late Night Economy is broad-ranging, with high incidences of assault, public urination, sexual assault and murder… …

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Key Speakers

Kees Dorst

Kees Dorst

Kees Dorst was trained as an Industrial Design Engineer at Delft University of Technology and was granted a PhD there in 1997, with high distinction. He has worked as a product designer for various design firms and as a researcher, he has studied the ways in which designers work.

Currently, he is Professor of Design at the faculty of Design, Architecture and Building of the University of Technology, Sydney. He also holds a professorship in 'Entrepreneurial Design of Intelligent Systems' at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. He works as a consultant and lectures at universities and design schools throughout the world. He has published numerous articles and five books – most recently the books ‘Understanding Design – 175 reflections on being a designer’ (2006) and ‘Design Expertise’ (2009) with Bryan Lawson. Currently he is working on an invited book for MIT Press, on 'Frame Creation - a design-based methodology for driving innovation'.

He is founder and director of the NSW Designing Out Crime Centre, an initiative of the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Marcus Felson

Marcus Felson

Marcus Felson is currently Professor at the Criminal Justice Department at Texas State University. He has been a leader both in crime theory ("the routine activity approach") but also in applying that theory to reducing crime. His core argument is that the routines of everyday life provide opportunity for the illegal activities that feed on them. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Professor Felson has been a guest lecturer in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. He is the author of more than 80 professional papers, as well as co-editor (with Ronald V. Clarke) of Business and Crime Prevention and Routine Activity and Rational Choice, and co-author of Opportunity Makes the Thief.

Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald received her PhD in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University in New Jersey (USA). She was an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, where she served as Chair of Department for some years, before moving to Sydney in 2008. She joined UTS in 2010. Her research has focused on affordable housing policy and finance, and the role of spatial analysis in urban policy. She is the author of Unlocking the Census with GIS (2004), and Urban Policy and the Census (forthcoming 2011). She is currently engaged in two research projects, one investigating whether there is ethnic discrimination in private rental housing in Sydney, the other investigating the impact of planning regulations on housing affordability in six Australian cities.

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