BESECURE (Best practice Enhancers SECurity in Urban REgions) is a project commissioned by the European Union under the EU 7th framework program (FP7-SECURITY).The project commenced in April 2012 and is due to be completed in by the end of March 2015. The BESECURE team consist of 14 partners and is coordinated by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).


Project Description

Urban security is a complex challenge to modern urban environments. Many factors influence urban security, from the physical layout to the social and economic makeup of urban zones, from national policies to the daily practices of local public services.


Europe has seen rapid expansion of its urban environments, and the rise of new types of communities due to migration, economic tensions and social developments.


These developments demand a better understanding of urban security throughout Europe, and more sensible policy development and implementation on these matters. For this reason, it is vital to share knowledge and practices among stakeholders throughout Europe, and to jointly work on a better common understanding of urban security.


The BESECURE project (Best practice Enhancers SECurity in Urban REgions) “is working towards a better understanding of urban security through examination of different European urban areas. By examining eight urban areas throughout Europe, BESECURE is building a comprehensive and pragmatic knowledge base that supports policy making on urban security challenges by sharing best practices in use throughout Europe, and by provides visualization and assessment tools and guidelines that help local policy makers to assess the impact of their practices, and improve their decision making”.

The project aims at developing a knowledge base of best practices in urban areas providing key indicators of urban safety and security with respect the following specific objectives:


1 - Knowledge: to develop a knowledge base for the identification of underlying problems associated with urban zones and to explore best practice in successful urban zones in Europe;


2 - Understand: to enable an understanding of key indicators of urban security and safety


3 - Develop: to develop a suite of tools and methods that policy makers can use to understand their urban areas, identifying potential problems and possible solutions


4 - Transfer: to facilitate knowledge transfer though dissemination methods and developing a systematic common support methodology


The UMIRC role within the project is to deliver case studies analysis on the topics of urban safety and security (WP5) with respect the BESECURE objectives. The selected case studies, Arghillà - Reggio Calabria, in the Southern part of Italy within Regions considered underdeveloped regions by the Cohesion Policy programs.


Case Study Areas

The BESECURE project examines eight European urban regions: Belfast (UK), The Hague (NL), Freiburg (GER), London Tower Hamlets (UK), London Lewisham (UK), Napels (IT), Reggio di Calabria (IT), Poznan (PL). The BESECURE team works together with local policymakers, organizations and communities to understand the local urban environment, and to evaluate the BESECURE outcomes and instruments.

The CLUDs project aims to strengthen the international research network in the field of urban regeneration, sustainability, public- private participation in the operations of urban transformation and revitalization of smaller towns.

In particular, through the exchange of researchers between European and American universities, it intends to experiment, as part of urban management of innovative programs, a technology transfer model assumes that demand oriented diversified modes of interception of the demand for innovation from local stakeholders.



CLUDs – Commercial Local Urban Districts



7th European Research Framework – Marie Curie IRSES Action



 € 638.400,00



Prof. Carmelina Bevilacqua






Urban Regeneration / Rigenerazione Urbana Local Economic Development / Sviluppo Economico Locale Public Private Partnership Urban Rural Link Community Involvement


International Network:

University of Salford School of the Built Environment / SOBE


AaltoKorkeakoulusaationYtk Land and Use Planning and Use Studies Group/AALTO


Università degli Studi "La Sapienza" di Roma Centro di Ricerca sulla Valorizzazione e gestione dei centri storici minori / Fo.Cu.S.


Northeastern University of Boston Department of Economics

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs / NEUSUP


School of Public Affairs / SDSU


Role of the CLUDs LAb:







Università degli Studi "MEDITERRANEA"

CLUDs Lab  -  Community Local Urban Development Laboratory  -  Universita' degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria  -  Dipartimento Patrimonio Architettonico e Urbanistico

Via Salita Melissari, Feo di Vito  -  89124 Reggio Calabria IT  -  tel. (+39) 0965 385201   fax. (+39) 0965 385219