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Sound, Safety & Society


Authors: Tor Kihlam, Per Becker, Theo Bodin, Daniel Nilsson, Greg Watts & Frans Mossberg (ed.)

Sustainability, resilience and safety are features of society that are more affected by sound environments than is generally acknowledged, even though other environmental threats may appear more prominent. However, when noise levels reach the limits of sustainability in society, its resilience to destructive processes of many kinds will be challenged. In an interdisciplinary symposium in 2014 arranged by The Sound Environment Center in collaboration with the Centre of Societal Resilience at Lund University, a number of researchers came together to discuss aspects of safety, security and sustainability in society with regards to the sound environment. The presented research and subsequent discussions stressed the importance of beneficial sound environments not only for the health and well-being of citizens but also for security systems to work satisfactorily. Rising exposure to noise from traffic and transport is evidently one of the major factors threatening health and well-being for millions of people in the world today. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a report on Disability Adjusted Life Years in Europe, “DALY´s”. The WHO also produced a report from the department of emerging health risks on the development of hearing disorders connected to the use of portable music players in mobile electronic devices. Both reports made a major impact on the research community. We find these topics addressed in health and environmental medicine epidemiological research showing the effects of traffic noise on the cardiovascular health of large populations.

The full publication can be found here.


Sound, safety and society

Tor Kihlam, Per Becker, Theo Bodin, Daniel Nilsson, Greg Watts & Frans Mossberg (ed.)

Publidations from Sound Environment Centre at Lund University No.13

ISSN: 1653-9354