PhD defense by Sofie Kirt Strandbygaard

Sofie Kirt Strandbygaard will be defending her PhD research project "Passengers' fear of crime at train stations: the influence of the built environment"

The defense will be at the Technical University of Denmark on October 19, 2020 at 13:00.

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Short summary:

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.


Mon 19 Oct 20
13:00 - 17:00


Campus Lyngby, Building 101, meeting room S09