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Institutions, Risk & Security

Globalisation is changing the nature of the risks facing modern societies and government. These risks take the form of ecological perils, the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, cyber-attacks, contagion in financial markets, infectious diseases, power blackouts, global terror networks, large scale industrial accidents and introduction of next-generation biotechnologies and nanotechnologies. Traditionally, threats to security were known and treated as certain by decision-makers. In contrast, the notion of risk is interlinked with uncertainty, but also attempts of societies and policy-makers to manage future possibilities. We are increasingly confronted by man-made dangers and natural hazards, threatening the lives and well-being of vulnerable individuals and societies. Globalisation contributes to the interconnectedness of risk itself via global telecoms and supply networks, international travel, migration and the global trade in goods, services and capital. As a result it has become harder to insulate social, political and economic systems from shocks or contamination outside their own territory or jurisdiction. We explore a broad, but interrelated set of questions concerning the changing nature of modern risks, our understanding of security, and the changing forms of governance.

Prospective PGR students who want to learn more about the specific interests of group members should click on the links below:

Will Jennings

Kamil Zwolski

Jonathan Havercroft

John Glenn

Monique Ming-chin Chu

Matthew Barr

Watch Will and Kamil speak about this theme in the video below.


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