Safe Cities Index 2017


October 2017


The Safe Cities Index 2017 is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by NEC. The report is based on the second iteration of the index, which ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

The index was devised and constructed by Chris Clague, Stefano Scuratti and Ruth Chiah. The report was written by Sarah Murray and edited by Chris Clague. Findings from the index were supplemented with wide-ranging research and in-depth interviews with experts in the field. Our thanks are due to the following people (listed alphabetically by surname) for their time and insights:

  • Nathalie Alvarado, citizen security lead specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Alan Brill, managing director, Kroll Cyber Security
  • David Buck, senior fellow, public health and inequalities, The King’s Fund
  • Elizabeth Johnston, executive director, European Forum for Urban Security and executive director, French Forum for Urban Security
  • Dan Lewis, chief, Urban Risk Reduction Unit and head, City Resilience Profiling Programme, UN Habitat
  • Mitchell Moss, professor of urban policy and planning, and director, Rudin Center for Transportation, New York University
  • Robert Muggah, co-founder, Igarapé Institute
  • Brian Nussbaum, assistant professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, State University of New York at Albany
  • Michael Nutter, professor of professional practice in urban and public affairs, Columbia University
  • Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow in Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
  • Jacqueline Poh, chief executive office, GovTech Singapore
  • John Rossant, chairman, New Cities Foundation
  • Ana Diez Roux, dean and professor of epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • Dan Smith, director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute



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