This workshop examined the problem of crime in cities, focusing particularly on the role of public and private security forces in controlling potential criminality. The discussion highlighted the cultural and political processes of imagining and predicting the emergence of future crimes and criminals, and the various technologies used for prevention. How the lived experience of contemporary cities is shaped by these initiatives is a question that will be explored critically across a range of urban locations.
The Urban Uncertainty workshop series is an integral part of LSE Cities’ collaborative investigation into emerging ways of envisioning and governing the future of cities. Each session focuses on a different dimension of urban uncertainty, from health and housing to crime and climate, and brings together scholars from a handful of disciplines whose work converges on common themes.