Designing Safe and Sustainable Future Cities

Dr Keiran Hardy1, Dr Joanne Dolley2, Dr David Sargent3

1Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
2Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
3Creative Arts Research Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas – meaning cities globally will need to accommodate an additional 2.5 billion people. Given these projections, it is crucial that urban settlements provide living environments that are both safe and sustainable. These needs are captured in United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11), which outlines indicators as to whether cities are safe, inclusive, sustainable and resilient. In this project, we approach the challenges of designing safe and sustainable future cities from a combined lens built on three disciplinary perspectives: criminology, design, and urban planning. While these disciplines have previously informed scholarship on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Design Against Crime (DAC), we expand these approaches to include markers of sustainability, inclusivity, community cohesion and disaster preparedness. We do this through an innovative methodology involving gamification and co-creation. We are currently designing a commercially viable tabletop boardgame which be 3D printed and allow players to build a miniature, physical city. This product will be used in co-design workshops with community members and industry practitioners. Through this process, we aim to engage communities and industry in the challenges of designing safe and sustainable cities in line with SDG11.


Dr Keiran Hardy is a Senior Lecturer in the Griffith Criminology Institute. His research investigates counter-terrorism law and policy, including questions of resilience, crime prevention, community cohesion, and the use of open data for public benefit.


Aug 30 2021


8:00 am - 6:00 pm