YanReproduced below is a short news item that has appeared on the IASS (Institute of Applied Social Studies) website here at the University of Birmingham. It relates to a discussion about ‘what it means to be safe’ I participated in a short while ago on behalf of the lovely people from Ideas Lab who have since transformed it into a podcast.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

Alternatively, read the article below:

Whether it’s the dark, terrorism or the group of hoodies hanging out on the street corner, everyone’s scared of something, but our fears are rarely in proportion to the actual threat. In reality each year in the UK far more people drown in the bath than are killed by terrorism. But if its our perception that’s the problem, who’s responsible for tackling it?

Drawing on his research into Islamophobia, diversity and anti-social behaviour, IASS’s Chris Allen joined Dr Yan Wong – presenter of BBC One’s ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ – and a panel of experts to discuss these and other issues under the heading, “What it Means to be Safe”. Joining him was Phil Loach, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at West Midlands Fire Service, and Austin Rodrigues, Safer Places Officer for Birmingham South Community Safety Team. From the University of Birmingham, Chris Allen was joined by Dr Danielle Beswick, Lecturer in the School of Government and Society.

The podcast is available free from Ideas Lab and can be downloaded here.


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