PhD Defence – Passengers’ fear of crime at train stations:the influence of the built environment – 19 October 2020 – 13:00 (GMT+2)

PhD Defence

Sofie Kirt Strandbygaard
”Passengers’ fear of crime at train stations: the influence of the built environment”
Monday, October 19 2020 at 13:00 (GMT+2)
The Technical University of Denmark Building 101, Meeting room S09
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Principal supervisor: Associate Professor, Lotte Bjerregaard Jensen
CO-supervisor: Traffic Engineer, Jan Jørgensen, Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority
CO-Supervisor: Professor, Otto Anker Nielsen, Department of Technology, Management and Economics
CO-supervisor: Professor Emeritus, Bo Grönlund, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Professor, Eva Birgit Møller, DTU Civil Engineering
Professor, Ann Legeby, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
Professor, Tom Nielsen, School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark
Chairman at defence:
Associate Professor, Frank Markert


In order to create better public transport environments and encourage more people to use public transport, it is important to have a comprehensive understanding of passengers’ experience of train stations and their urban surroundings. A crucial perspective is citizens’ fear of crime at train stations, which is higher than in other public places and can discourage the use of public transport. This thesis targets passengers’ fear of crime, their experiences of the built environment at S-train stations and the station neighbourhoods in the Copenhagen metropolitan area. The results reveal a strong connection between a station neighbourhood’s general characteristics and passengers’ fear of crime at the local station. This thesis suggest a categorization of station neighbourhood types in the Copenhagen metropolitan area and explore how their income levels and urban form influence passengers’ experience of train stations. The research uses the concepts of Transit Oriented Development and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and provide suggestions for the future design and governance of stations to achieve sustainable public transport.

The study contributes to the international body of knowledge on passengers’ fear of crime at train stations.



Sofie Kirt Strandbygaard

Architect MAA, PhD Fellow at DTU + the Danish Transport Authority. Specialist in TOD and CPTED