The Department of Politics and International Studies and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, at the University of Warwick, oversees the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme, ‘Science and Security: Integrator’ award.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Futures and Innovation Domain have commissioned new research to develop greater understanding of how developments in science and technology (S&T) will present opportunities and threats to future UK defence and security. The Integrator project is directed by Professor Jon Coaffee who manages a wider team comprising Dr George Christou, Dr Nick Vaughn-Williams and Dr Osman Hassan.
The Science and Security: Integrator project focuses on how risks to defence and security, which emerge from future developments in S&T, can be assessed and addressed. The ten research grants overseen by the project evaluate the influence of cultural, historical, ethical, economic and societal factors on how S&T is developed and utilised. The aim of which is to identify present and future opportunities and threats to defence and security.
As part of the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme, the programme of research will bring together the activities of the seven UK Research Councils in response to global security challenges. The programme examines the causes of insecurity and how security risks and threats can be predicted, prevented and managed. The research will have the potential to provide new insights on the development, perception, use and dissemination of S&T within different cultures and societies, and the implications for UK defence, security and risk management.
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