Executive Director, Municipal Canadian Network for Crime Prevention (Canada)
Originally trained as a mental health nurse, Felix Munger brings experience as a clinician, planner, and evaluator of mental health and addiction services. He is an expert facilitator with over 20 years of experience facilitating strategic planning, priority setting, and collaboration building across Canada with a wide range of stakeholders including racialized and Indigenous communities. In his numerous leadership roles, he has worked in mental health, addiction, EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion), and organizational collaboration and development. He holds a diploma in psychiatric nursing, a MA in Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Community Psychology. He regularly teaches at Laurier University (Ontario) in the departments of psychology and health sciences.
Since 2015, Felix Munger has been leading the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention. He is also a Research Fellow at the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability at Laurier University where his work focuses on the intersection of climate change and community safety.
Do you have any specific hopes or predictions for the future of urban security? (What will urban security look like in 30 years? What will be the main opportunities and risks?)
Main risks are increased inequities within and across countries and climate change hazards. Closer attention needs to be paid to the nexus of climate change and community / public safety.
Why do you think it is so important to involve citizens in urban security practice?
Citizens are core to the ongoing sustainability of urban safety practice. Without citizens, plans and efforts can become empty attempts and plans. Citizens also play a role in making elected officials and governments accountable with regards to implementation.