For the past 18 years, Caroline L. Davey has led research into the role of design in tackling crime, insecurity and other societal challenges. Design Against Crime began at Salford in 1999, funded by the UK Home Office and Design Council. Caroline led this research and innovation initiative to embed crime prevention within design education, practice and policy. Caroline established the Design Against Crime Solution Centre in 2005 — a unique research partnership with Greater Manchester Police and DSP-groep. Over the past four years, Caroline has been Advisory Board member and chaired a group of experts providing advice to the Horizon2020 European Security Research Programme.
Caroline has published widely on the use of human-centred design to address issues related to social responsibility, and was invited to author a volume in the seminal Socially Responsible Design series. Design Against Crime: A human-centred approach to safety and security outlines the development of Design Against Crime in the UK, and its wider impact on research, practice and policy across Europe.
Caroline is one of the originators of ProtectED, a design research initiative to improve the safety, security and wellbeing of university students by improving standards across the HE sector.
In 2018, Caroline secured over €3m research funding from the EU for the Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) research project. This will help police forces across Europe — including the Dutch and Estonian national police forces, Lisbon Police, German police in Lower Saxony and Spanish police in Catalonia — design innovative ways to fight crime.
Caroline has established a dynamic network of academics and expert practitioners employing action research and design to solve societal issues. Insight from previous collaborative projects is improving the integration of crime prevention within urban design and planning across Europe.