Transit Crime and Sexual Violence in Cities Book Launch!

Monday 8 June 2020 – 17:00 Swedish time


Video of the presentation – book launch

Transit Crime and Sexual Violence in Cities | International Evidence and Prevention

Edited by Vania Ceccato and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Transit Crime and Sexual Violence in Cities examines the evidence of victimization in transit environments in countries around the world, exploring individuals’ feelings of perceived safety or lack thereof and the necessary improvements that can make transit safer and, hence, cities more sustainable The book’s contributions are grounded in theories at the crossroads of several disciplines such as environmental criminology, architecture and design, urban planning, geography, psychology, gender and LGBTQI studies, transportation, and law enforcement International case studies include Los Angeles, Vancouver, Stockholm, London, Paris, São Paulo, Mexico City, Bogotá, Tokyo, Guangzhou Melbourne, and Lagos, among others.

Anastasia Loukaitou Sideris, Miriam Pinski Hao Ding (Los Angeles), Vania Ceccato, Per Näsman, Linda Langefors (Stockholm), Seiji Shibata (Tokyo), Dengkai Huan, Guoguang Wang (Guangzhou), Catherine Sundling (Huddinge), Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, Ma. Sheilah Gaabucayan-Napalang, Anabel Abuzo (Manila), Carolyn Whitzman, Jason Thompson, Rewa Marathe (Melbourne), Smart Out, Augustine Agugua (Lagos), Monica Perez-Trujillo (Bogota), Paula Freire Santoro, Marina Kohler Harkot (Sao Paolo), Farid Nourani, Sérgio Luis Antonello, José Silvio Govone (Rio Claro), Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Yajing Hu, Cristina Tortora (San Jose), Jordana Norgaard (Vancouver), Javier Romero-Torres (Mexico-city), Pedro Homem de Gouveia (Lisbon), Reka Solymosi, Andrew Newton (London), Hugo d’Arbois de Jubainville (Paris), Serena Favarin (Milan).


The book is the product of critical reflection on current transit crime and sexual violence globally in both the Global North and Global South. Each piece seeks to characterize the dynamics of transit crime, in particular, sexual harassment and violence, from the perspective of those who are most targeted by these offenses, namely young people and women. Focus is given to the relationship between safety and the types of environments that individuals are exposed to when they travel, which means that the book adopts a whole journey approach to safety.

Juma Assiago, Head, Safer Cities programme , UN HABITAT

‘A much-needed source of literature that addresses an overlooked issue systematically on a global scale. As indeed, this is not a “women’s issue”, but a fair and standard urban and transport planning issue, an everyday mobility need, an essential service provision issue, a common sense, and simply a basic human right to be able to travel and do his/her activity safely
and freely. A good reference for everyone who wishes to provide an inclusive, seamless, door to door journey, for everybody.”

Yusak Susilo, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

This is a pioneering book that contributes to the understanding of power and sexual harassment overall. It visualizes the right to mobility and to safe spaces as crucial for work, education, and participation in public life.”

Anna Wahl, Professor, Gender, organization and management, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

”This book comprehensively focuses on the horrendous impact of sexual harassment and assault in the public transport on women students worldwide, highlighting an innovative set of parallel studies which reveal how much fear for their personal security affects the lives of these students and how little public officials have done to respond.

Sandi Rosenbloom, Professor, Community, and Regional Planning, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Available Chapter 1 & Chapter 28 of the Book

Book Webpage: Book: Transit Crime and Sexual Violence in Cities (2020)

Video of the presentation – book launch


Book Launch – Transit Crime and Sexual Violence in Cities 

Monday 8 June 2020 – 17:00 Swedish time