Security is a basic need for people and societies but, nowadays, anything but self-evident. Rapid developments in technology and digitalization are changing the nature and extent of threats in our society. Think of cybercrime, the financial intertwining of the upper and underworld, and the role of social media in tensions and conflicts. As a result, our society is increasingly subject to dynamics that we hardly understand, if at all. This leads to increasing distrust, uncertainty, social unrest and feelings of insecurity.
Complex societal security issues, police field central
Social security issues are now so complex that they can no longer be solved by one single party. Therefore, citizens, social parties, business, government and science need to join forces. This requires a centrally driven network. This is where we see a role for the VU-UT impact coalition Creating Secure Societies, to gather, develop and provide access to knowledge on societal security issues. For this purpose, a joint effort by players in the field of policing and science is crucial.
- We conduct agenda-setting research on societal security issues: long-term, sustainable, programmatic.
- We gather, develop and disseminate knowledge in which co-creation and a strong socio-technical approach are leading: our research focuses on technical as well as social innovation.
- We have an interdisciplinary orientation: we connect diverse fields of science in (inter)national alliances.
- We work in close collaboration with practice: people, motivation and resources are central.
- We create impact: with research, in society and through (post-)academic education.
Current focus areas
As VU Amsterdam and UT, we combine our social, technical, legal and ethical knowledge and expertise around societal security issues. Through the A1 line Amsterdam-Apeldoorn-Twente, we see opportunities for innovative, substantive and physical connections on essential security themes such as undermining, crisis management, polarization and the future of policing.