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The evolving concept of security: A critical evaluation across four dimensions

Objective

The EvoCS project deals with the evolving concept of security and has a focus on the European Union and its close neighbours. The project aims at providing a holistic view on the complex and somewhat diffuse concept of security by evaluating it across four dimensions:

1) Core values: What aspects of security are taken into account?
2) Perceptions of security: From whose perspectives is security considered?
3) Areas of security: How is security perceived in various regions of Europe?
4) Time: How does the concept of security evolve?

The substantial research will be performed in four case studies, which are expected to be sufficiently different from each other, and yet in their whole representative for the European Union:

A) West-Mediterranean EU: A cluster of countries like Spain, Italy, and (the south of) France.
B) Eastern EU Border: A cluster of countries like Finland, the Baltic States, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria.
C) North-Western EU: A cluster of countries like the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and France.
D) South-Eastern Europe: A cluster of countries like Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and the states of former Yugoslavia.

The four case studies are embedded in a set of three conceptual work packages that are carried out before, in parallel to and after the case studies.

The goal is to identify the various European concepts of security which differ depending on place and time and to analyse similarities and differences between them. To achieve this, the EvoCS project will bring together all relevant European stakeholders to discuss core values, threats to them and measures to be taken to protect them. The results of these discussions and analyses will be used to formulate recommendations for changes in the working parameters of various types of security end-users and will serve as guidelines for policy makers who are responsible for formulating measures that influence an evolving European concept of security.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 221 588
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (8)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 63 738
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Javier Herrera (Mr.)
ISTITUTO AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 705
Address
Via Angelo Brunetti 9
00186 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luca Pacella (Mr.)
POLSKI INSTYTUT SPRAW MIEDZYNARODOWYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 66 000
Address
Warecka 1A
00 950 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Aleksander Szałański (Mr.)
DEN HAAG CENTRUM VOOR STRATEGISCHE STUDIES B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 140 428
Address
Lange Voorhout 16
2514 EE 'S-gravenhage
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Rademaker (Mr.)
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 60 134
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrea De Guttry (Prof.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 105 236
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Malins (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 34 240
Address
Largo Gemelli 1
20123 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Guido Castelli (Dr.)
PROCON OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 97 132
Address
J.k. Mladost 4
1715 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Todor Tagarev (Prof.)