Our safety exploratory walks use a situational and participative approach combined with technical analysis tailored to each context. This combined analysis is particularly useful to analyse safety issues at stake in some neighbourhoods taking into account the physical environment -street lights, façades, litter bins, the general state of the public space- as well as broader social aspects.

The individual sense of safety of residents is taken into account, as well as contextual relevant factors, for instance the time of day. They are tools for public participation, social engagement, awareness raising, dissemination and transfer of knowledge.

Exploratory walks were initially created in the 1990s in Montreal, Canada, as a way to allow women to recognize and make known to decision makers their subjective experience of urban space. They have become a tool used among others by UN-Women Safer Cities Program.

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Las marchas exploratorias de seguridad en el espacio público que dirigimos desde la Cátedra UNESCO de Políticas de Género en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación tienen un enfoque múltiple y se adaptan a las necesidades de cada contexto. Sobre la base de la investigación académica, nuestras marchas son también parte de las actividades que realizamos para poyar la dinamización social, la participación y sensibilización ciudadana, la difusión y la transferencia de conocimiento.

Nuestras marchas son en realidad procesos de investigación-acción participativa que ponen a las personas y sus necesidades cotidianas en el centro, se adaptan a los plazos, a los recursos y a los intereses y prioridades de las instituciones y organizaciones interesadas.

Trabajamos con organismos públicos como el Ayuntamiento de Madrid o el Ayuntamiento de Valencia, para compañías del sector privado responsables de desarrollar proyectos

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Our safety exploratory walks use a situational and participative approach combined with technical analysis tailored to each context. This combined analysis is particularly useful to analyse safety issues at stake in some neighbourhoods taking into account the physical environment -street lights, façades, litter bins, the general state of the public space- as well as broader social aspects.

The individual sense of safety of residents is taken into account, as well as contextual relevant factors, for instance the time of day. They are tools for public participation, social engagement, awareness raising, dissemination and transfer of knowledge.

Exploratory walks were initially created in the 1990s in Montreal, Canada, as a way to allow women to recognize and make known to decision makers their subjective experience of urban space. They have become a tool used among others by UN-Women Safer Cities Program.

The exploratory walks we carry out involve participatory action research through which persons and their needs are put at the centre. We customize them to the timelines, resources, priorities and objectives of interested organizations and institutions. We have implemented them for governments such as the Cities of Madrid and Valencia, for private organizations working in urban development, other research organizations, NGOs and representatives from the third sector, and also for citizen’s associations.

We have organized women only and also mixed walks. In all of them we have integrated a gender perspective throughout the process, from the initial design stages, to the drafting of the final report with its diagnostic, conclusions and ad-hoc technical recommendations. Including technical ad-hoc recommendations addressing the relevant decision making bodies with relevant competence is a very important part of the process.

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Las marchas exploratorias de seguridad en el espacio público que dirigimos desde la Cátedra UNESCO de Políticas de Género en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación tienen un enfoque múltiple y se adaptan a las necesidades de cada contexto. Sobre la base de la investigación académica, nuestras marchas son también parte de las actividades que realizamos para poyar la dinamización social, la participación y sensibilización ciudadana, la difusión y la transferencia de conocimiento.

Nuestras marchas son en realidad procesos de investigación-acción participativa que ponen a las personas y sus necesidades cotidianas en el centro, se adaptan a los plazos, a los recursos y a los intereses y prioridades de las instituciones y organizaciones interesadas.

Trabajamos con organismos públicos como el Ayuntamiento de Madrid o el Ayuntamiento de Valencia, para compañías del sector privado responsables de desarrollar proyectos o estudios relacionados con temas urbanísticos, otras instituciones académicas, ONG’s y representantes del tercer sector, y también para asociaciones ciudadanas.

Hemos realizado marchas exploratorias mixtas, y también sólo con mujeres. En todas ellas incorporamos la perspectiva de género a lo largo del proceso, desde el planteamiento de la actividad hasta la elaboración de los documentos resultantes, que suelen incorporar un diagnóstico, conclusiones generales y recomendaciones técnicas ad hoc dirigidas a diferentes agentes de interés y con competencias en la temática o el lugar sobre el que hemos trabajado.

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Our safety exploratory walks use a situational and participative approach combined with technical analysis tailored to each context.

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This combined analysis is particularly useful to analyse safety issues at stake in some neighbourhoods taking into account the physical environment -street lights, façades, litter bins, the general state of the public space- as well as broader social aspects.
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They are tools for public participation, social engagement, awareness raising, dissemination and transfer of knowledge.
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Including technical ad-hoc recommendations addressing the relevant decision making bodies with relevant competence is a very important part of the process.