SaferSpaces Webinar | Private Security’s Lines of Flight

SaferSpaces Webinar | Private Security’s Lines of Flight – Events


SaferSpaces is pleased to invite you to a webinar entitled “Private Security’s Lines of Flight”.

In this webinar Julie Berg and Clifford Shearing will consider the implications of shifting 21st Century harm landscapes – or what they call ‘harmscapes’ – for private security. In particular, they reflect on the emergence of novel harmscapes associated specifically with environmental and cyber harms. Drawing from examples across various jurisdictions, they explore how private security has adapted in responding to these novel harmscapes thereby identifying possible future trajectories or ‘lines of flight’. Their talk will conclude with a reflection on the implications of this for the South African context.

This discussion will be held on Friday, 4 June 2021, from 12.45pm to 2pm via Zoom. 


  • Dr Julie Berg

Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, and an Associate Director (Internationalisation) of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), at the University of Glasgow, Scotland

  • Prof Clifford Shearing

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, UCT, where he directs the Global Risk Governance programme, Department of Public Law. His most recent book (with Holley and Phelan) is Criminology and Climate: Finance, Insurance and the Regulation of Harmscapes, Routledge, 2021.

Moderator: Dr Guy Lamb, Safety and Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town


Find the recording here:

SaferSpaces Webinar | Private Security’s Lines of Flight recording

The webinar is part of a series of seminars hosted by SaferSpaces that will explore the key elements of South Africa’s White Paper on Safety and Security, and how such elements can be more effectively implemented.

Please see for more details.

SaferSpaces is a web portal on violence and crime prevention in South Africa developed through a partnership between the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services, the German Development Cooperation’s Inclusive Violence Prevention Programme, the Safety and Violence Initiative, and various other government and civil society organisations.