Launch of ‘Security and Conflict’ research theme

Worlds growing population

The University’s Security and Conflict research theme launch event will be held on Wednesday 6 April and will be an opportunity for interested researchers to shape the direction and success of this theme.

The theme will bring together staff from all three Faculties with strengths in the areas of security and conflict research. There are major opportunities for the University to become a leader in this interdisciplinary area, with funding available through the Research Councils UK (RCUK) cross-council themes of Global Uncertainties (£120 million allocated for 2011-2015) and Global Food Security (£440 million), and through other public, private and philanthropic sources. 

The launch event will facilitate networks, enhance knowledge of access to funding streams and encourage cross-faculty collaboration. This will be achieved via short, targeted presentations, innovative networking technology, a poster session and informal discussion with theme champions.  

Attendees will also be informed of the seed funding that will be made available to support those interested in this theme and the associated application process.

Existing areas of expertise, in line with a developing theme synopsis  will also be highlighted, alongside the new opportunities for growth. 

The programme will include a focus on the following topics:

Professor Martin Mortimer – food and water security issues associated with demands from the world’s growing population

Professor Barry Goldson and Professor Fiona Beveridge Local, national and transnational geo-political conflicts; ‘terror’ and ‘risk’; power, governance and democracy; migrations and mobilities; the communication of conflict; inequalities, human rights and social justice

Professor Laurence Alison – critical incident decision making associated with major conflict and security situations

Dr Jason Ralph – technological developments targeted towards risk reduction and security enhancement

The launch event will take place from 12 noon-2pm in the South Atrium of the Foresight Centre, with refreshments and lunch provided.

The event is open to all but please register your intention to attend by emailing your details to including ’Security and Conflict Launch’ in the subject line, by 31 March.

For further information on Security and Conflict, please contact Dr Alison Fairclough, Head of Research Policy, email or telephone 0151 794 2018.

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