Risk, Terror and Security
Research in the area of harm and security includes work on fear and violence at multiple scales, from the household to the global level and a more recent specific focus on terror and war. Fear has greater currency in western societies than ever before. We are bombarded with information about new risks to our well-being and way of life, from health scares and juvenile crime to dirty bombs, immigration and disease epidemics. Attempts to counter these risks are being met in a variety of ways, through discourses and practices of security from government, to moves to resist and disrupt threat at the community level and ways of coping with risk created by individuals in their everyday lives. Personal and social harm is therefore a critical means through which current understandings and experiences of hazard, risk and vulnerability are mobilised and developing our understanding of these issues forms a key component of research at IHRR.
- Risk, Terror and Security Theme (last modified: 2 July 2008)
Current Research Projects
Exemplifications of Security politics through Mega Sport Events
This research project engages with the European Football Championship 2008 in Switzerland/Austria (Euro 08), as a key moment, and as a key location, in the production and circulation of security/surveillance related practices and expertise on different – local, regional or global – scales. Focusing on political debates both on the Swiss national level and on the level of Swiss host-cities for the European Football Championships 2008, the project critically examines the mediating role of the Euro 08 as test field for the installation and use of new surveillance technologies in Swiss cities more generally. At the same time and drawing upon empirical insights in the planning of Euro 08 security operations at Geneva, the project critically examines the resonances and dissonances between globally established security models, surrounding mega sport events and locally anchored security practices as they are negotiated in situ.
Ideas Exchange Event
This event, held in February 2008 aimed to bring together established and possible future research collaborations at Durham University, to showcase existing work and to create new networks in this field of research. Aiming to bring together a wide range of work on legal, political, social and geographical aspects of security and terror issues, the purpose of the event was four-fold:
• To enable cross-departmental specialists in security and terror-related domains of research to meet
• To discuss, review and amend the IHRR security and terror theme
• To publicise potential funding opportunities for interdisciplinary security research
• To create initial ideas for research proposals, for studentships and for future collaborations.
This event was held in April 2008 and organised jointly by the following departments at Durham University:
- Institute of Hazard and Risk Research (IHRR)
- School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA)
- Centre for the Study of Cities and Regions
- Department of Geography
For further details please see website above.
Recent Representative Publications
Klauser F., 2006, Die Videoüberwachung öffentlicher Räume. Zur Ambivalenz eines Instruments sozialer Kontrolle, Campus, Frankfurt am Main. 399 pp http://www.campus.de/isbn/9783593381770
Ruegg J., Flueckiger A., November V., Klauser F., 2006, Vidéosurveillance et risques dans l’espace à usage public: représentations des risques, régulation sociale et liberté de mouvement, CETEL publication No 55, Geneva. 258 pp http://www.unige.ch/droit/cetel/videosurveillance/travauxCETEL55.pdf
Ruegg J., Klauser F., November V., 2007, “Du citoyen et de la civilité. Réflexions à partir de l'exemple de la vidéosurveillance”, in, Lien Social et Politique, No 57: 127-139.
Klauser F., 2007, “Disturbances in the experience of the city through our senses: CCTV and the development of an unreal parallel world”, in, Senses and Society, special Issue on Senses and the City, Berg Publishers, June/July 2007: 173-187.
Klauser F., 2007, “Difficulties in Revitalising Public Space by Video-Surveillance”, in, European Urban and Regional Studies, Vol. 14, No 4: 337-348.
Klauser F., 2004, “La vidéosurveillance comme mécanisme de production disciplinaire de l’espace public. Une analyse empirique et théorique: l’exemple de la ville de Genève”, in, Bulletin de l’Association de Géographes Français, No 4: 631-645.
Klauser F., 2004, “A Comparison of the Impact of Protective and Preservative Video Surveillance on Urban Territoriality: the case of Switzerland”, in, Surveillance and Society, CCTV Special, ed. by, Norris C., McCahill M., Wood D., Vol. 2, No 2/3: 145-160. http://www.surveillance-and-society.org/articles2(2)/switzerland.pdf
Ruegg J., November V., Klauser F., 2004, “CCTV, Risk Management and Regulation Mechanisms in Publicly-Used Places: a Discussion Based on Swiss Examples”, in, Surveillance and Society, CCTV Special, ed. by, Norris C., McCahill M., Wood D., Vol. 2, No 2/3: 415-429. www.surveillance-and-society.org/articles2(2)/riskmanagement.pdf
Klauser F., Ruegg J., November V., 2007, “Airport Surveillance between Public and Private Interests: CCTV at Geneva International Airport”, in, Salter M. (Ed.), Politics of/at the airport, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. Forthcoming.
Klauser F., 2007, “Beschränkte Nachhaltigkeit der Videoüberwachung als präventives Instrument der Revitalisierung von Problemräumen”, in, Zurawski N. (Ed.), Sicherheitsdiskurse. Angst, Kontrolle und Sicherheit in einer "gefährlichen" Welt, Verlag Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main: 61-73.
Klauser F., November V., Ruegg J., 2006, “Surveillance et vigilance dans la sécurité routière. L’exemple de l’autoroute de contournement à Genève”, in, Roux J. (Ed.), Etre vigilant. L'opérativité discrète de la société du risque, Publications de l'Université de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne: 33-45.
Klauser F., 2005, “Videoüberwachung als Raumaneignung?”, in, Hempel L., Metelmann J. (eds.), Bild-Raum-Kontrolle. Videoüberwachung als Zeichen gesellschaftlichen Wandels, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main: 189-203.
Presentation entitled 'Security Issues at Mega Sport Events' given at the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University
Presentation entitled 'Securitisation and Branding of Germany’s City Network during the Football World Cup 2006 given at the International Conference 'Architectures of Fear: Terrorism and the Future of Western Urbanism', Centre de Cultura Contemporana de Barcelona
Presentation entitled 'Public-Private Co-Productions of Security Politics: The Example of CCTV surveillance at Geneva International Airport' for the Institute of Hazard and Risk Research lunchtime Seminar Series 'The role of observation and surveillance in hazard and risk research', Department of Geography, Durham
Presentation entitled 'Die Videoüberwachung öffentlicher Räume: Zur Ambivalenz eines Instruments sozialer Kontrolle' given at the Privatim conference on CCTV, Swiss Association of Data-Protection Authorities, Luzern
Organisation of seminar entitled 'Disturbances in the sensory experience of the city: CCTV and the development of an unreal urban ‘parallel world’' on the theme 'Experiencing the territorialised body' for the Lived and Material Culture Research Cluster, Department of Geography, Durham University
Politiken, (Denmark) Rikke Schubart, “Bare Rolig, Big Brother ser alt”
El Pais, (Spain) Catalina Serra, “La ciudad defensiva”: 56.
La Vanguardia, (Spain) Ima Sanchis, “Las cameras siguen a las chicas jovenes”