Innovations for Urban Security and Policing

New Urban Governance - Foresight Seminar Series

Research seminar hosted by Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU and LSE Cities in partnership with MacArthur Foundation

The third foresight seminar run by LSE Cities in partnership with the Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) at NYU entitled “Innovations for Urban Security and Policing” took place in New York on the 10th of November 2015. The seminar engaged the participants in a general debate about the policies that led to a drop in crime in NYC and whether cities can continue to rely on data-driven policing to improve urban security. The audience, which included policy makers, urban practitioners, technologists, activists and academic experts, explored the ways in which technology and innovation in this sector may assist cities in the future in facing unaddressed, unresolved and emerging challenges. Welcome notes were given by Eric Klinenberg, the Director of IPK, as well as Alaina Harkness, Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation which is the main funder of the New Urban Governance project at LSE Cities.

The event included two sessions. The first session, on contemporary approaches to the way police departments and prosecutors operate was chaired by Michael McQuarrie and had presentations by Peter Moskos, Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Mariko Hirose, Senior Staff Attorney at New York Civil Liberties Union, followed by a discussion from the audience. The second session, chaired by Gordon Douglas on the path ahead for innovators, was delivered by Alex Chohlas-Wood, Analytics Director at NYPD’s Office of Management and Planning, Adam Greenfield, Author of “Against the Smart City” and former Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities, as well as Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University, followed by another round of discussions.


    Alex Chohlas-Wood

    Director of Analytics at the New York City Police Department’s Office of Management and Planning

    Adam Greenfield

    Previously a rock critic, bike messenger and psychological operations specialist in the US Army, Adam Greenfield spent over a decade working in the design and development of networked digital information technologies, as lead information architect for the Tokyo office of internet services consultancy Razorfish, independent user-experience designer and head of design direction for service and user-interface design at Nokia headquarters in Helsinki. Selected in 2013 as Senior Urban Fellow at the LSE Cities centre of the London School of Economics, Adam has also taught in New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Urban Design course at the Bartlett, University College London. His books include Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing (2006), Urban Computing and its Discontents (2007), and the #1 bestselling Against the Smart City (2013). He lives in London with his partner, the filmmaker Nurri Kim.

    Alaina Harkness

    Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation

    Mariko Hirose

    Senior Staff Attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union

    Eric Klinenberg

    Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Public Knowledge at New York University. His pioneering research into the power of social infrastructure led to his appointment in 2013 as Research Director for President Obama's $1 billion programme to rebuild the region affected by Superstorm Sandy. He is the multi-award winning author of several books including, as co-author, the recent number one bestseller Modern Romance.

    Peter Moskos

    Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Patrick Sharkey

    Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University Department of Sociology

    Gordon Douglas

    Associate Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University

    Michael McQuarrie

    Michael McQuarrie is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.