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Current projects

EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Emil Kirchner and Professor Han Dorussen are leading on this project which will examine whether the EU is able to cooperate with Japan on a number of security areas and explore why cooperation may exist in some security sectors (e.g. non-nuclear proliferation and cyber security) and not in others (e.g. regional security and climate change).

Find out more about EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities.

Conflict, Strategies, and Violence: An Actor-based Approach to Violent and Non-Violent Interactions

Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch is leading on this project which will examine conflict in terms of incompatibilities between actors, where the specific structure of the incompatibilities and the strategies and interactions determine whether we see escalation to violence as well as alternative outcomes such as accommodation or regime change. It will extend his prior research on civil war and focus more clearly on actor motivations, alternative outcomes to conventional civil war, and take seriously non-violent strategies in conflict and protest.

Whereas previous research has tended to study violent and non-violent conflict as separate phenomena, this project will focus on violent and non-violent actions as possible substitutes and compliment and explain variation across a range of alternative outcomes, as illustrated in the so-called Arab spring, where we see both non-violent protest and violent insurgencies, as well as state responses ranging from violent repression to accommodation.

Security Reform and Human Security

Professor Han Dorussen is principal investigator on a grant of the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust on security sector reform and human security in Timor Leste. Additional funding was provided by the Kikawada Foundation.

The one-year project examines how security sector reform implemented by the United Nations as part of its peacekeeping mission has addressed local conflict dynamics. What, if any, has been the impact of UN peacekeeping at the local level? As part of the project, Han Dorussen conducted field experiments in Timor Leste in October 2013 to survey the perceptions of Timorese citizens of their safety and security after the departure of UN peacekeepers who had left in December 2012.

Public Responses to Identity Management, Practices and Technologies

Professor Aletta Norval is lead investigator on an interdisciplinary project investigating the controversy around identity cards, the use of biometrics for identification, issues of personal privacy and data protection, and what the future holds for identity management.

The £1.36m IMPRINTS project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), focuses on why people accept some new technologies but not others. The project has been hailed as a 'big idea of the future' by RCUK.

Previous projects

EU-China Security Cooperation

Professor Emil Kirchner and Professor Han Dorussen led an interdisciplinary Jean Monnet research group, EU-China Security Cooperation: performance and prospects, seeking to examine a range of key issues in the field of security policy with a view to influencing academic debate, informing policy making both in the EU and in China, and increasing public awareness.