Personal Safety in the City: Design Solutions for After Dark
ARC DECRA 2013 – 2015
The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that the biggest personal safety concern for those living in major cities was the fear of walking alone after dark. In response, this research will innovate understandings of Human-Computer Interaction to include a greater focus of the needs of users in the city at night. Ethnographic studies of inner-city life will be conducted to highlight specific user needs that can be met with design solutions. Central to the research is balancing technological possibilities with cultural considerations – such as the need for security versus the need for privacy. The expected outcome is the development of new mobile artifacts that enhance the personal security of users after dark.