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A New Agenda for European Security Economics (EUSECON)

Completed Project

Project Management

Tilman Brück

Project Period

March 1, 2008 - February 29, 2012

Commissioned by

Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community

In Cooperation With

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)
Economics Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (CERGE-EI)
Charles University, Prague
Athens University of Economics and Business
University of Oxford (Center for Criminology and Queen Elizabeth House)
Ingenieria de Sistemas para la Defensa de España, S.A. (Isdefe)
University of the Basque Country
RAND Corporation
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
University of Thessaly
Johannes Kepler University, Linz
International Peace Research Institute, Oslo
Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

EUSECON (A New Agenda for European Security Economics) is a four-year collaborative research project that analyzes the causes, dynamics, and long-term effects of both human-induced insecurity threats and European security policies.The EUSECON project broadly defines "insecurity" to include terrorism and organized crime. The project's focus is on the human drivers of insecurity. The consortium utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to promote in-depth understanding of insecurity threats emerging from terrorism and organized crime. It aims to uncover the much-needed information base for effective domestic and international security policy. There will also be an emphasis on identifying and limiting the costs of anti-terror policies, in order to achieve secure growth.

EUSECON goals are:

- To define the field of security economics and provide a framework for its analysis;
- To identify and address gaps in knowledge in the discipline of security economics;
- To generate policy-relevant knowledge that improves policy-making in the European Union;
- To disseminate academic and policy-relevant knowledge in order to promote information exchange between dispersed researchers; and
- To foster the establishment of a sustainable network of economic security experts.

Find more information about the project at the EUSECON webpage.

EUSECON has launched a series of Policy Briefings on the Economics of Security. The series aims to present the most salient findings of the four-year research project to a wide range of audiences, including policy-makers, security experts, and general readers interested in this topic. To view the Policy Briefings Series, please refer to the website.