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ʽTackle Insecurity in Marginalized Areas’

international conference

Venue: Mercure Hotel Buda, Budapest, Krisztina krt. 41–43. (Hungary)
Date: 3–5 April 2017

In the last two years, the National Institute of Criminology have been involved in the MARGIN project – Tackle insecurity in marginalized areas, a research funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme. The Final Conference of the project will be held in Budapest from the 3rd to the 5th of April 2017.

The Conference is jointly organized by the partners involved in the project, so participants will come from different parts of Europe and the world. The Conference aims at generating a debate around the project’s results as well as enhancing a process of knowledge exchange among researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the field of security.

During this three-day event in Budapest, the participants will be involved into different plenary sessions, seminars and debates with the objective of creating synergies towards the identification of good practices in the assessment of security issues and the implementation of policies targeted at the reduction of the perception of insecurity among different social groups. Moreover, this event will be an ideal venue for determining the best course for further research.

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The MARGIN project coordination activities are intended to contribute to the creation of sustainable modes of cooperation between stakeholders dealing with security issues.

The project provides policy makers with evidence-based tools for developing and assessing strategies targeted at the reduction of insecurity among different demographic and socioeconomic groups. It sets up an international environment for knowledge exchange involving some of the leading EU institutions in Crime Victimization Surveys (CVSs). Along with police statistics, CVSs have become an internationally recognized tool for identifying and analysing factors affecting public and personal perceptions of insecurity.

Perception of insecurity arises as a very heterogeneous concept not limited to actual crime rates but encompassing a wide range of other aspects including personal wellbeing, trust in public institutions, justice and social integration. MARGIN addresses the topic of insecurity by taking into account its heterogeneity.

Based on previous and on-going research activities, the project’s specific aims are:

  1. to create a framework enabling end-users to contrast objective and subjective measures of insecurity (i.e. compare police statistics with CVS data);
  2. to develop and validate a thematic survey with a sample of 15.400 citizens that allows for the assessment of the impact of demographic, socio-economic and socio-geographic variables on the perception of insecurity;
  3. to investigate the socio-cultural determinants of insecurity perception through the implementation of anthropological fieldwork in five EU countries;
  4. to share best practices and outcomes in a final event with 100 key end-users. By deepening the understanding of the root causes of insecurity, MARGIN is expected to foster the creation of community resilience practices empowering citizens (especially among those at risk of exclusion) to better face risks and increase the public and personal perception of security.

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