Safety and Security

From security to the cultural interpretation of security worldwide. In the research of anthropologists, political scientists, scholars and political organization, security is an important theme. It includes a variety of threats, both social (crime, pollution) and physical (risks, disasters). In addition to concrete threats this field of research focuses on the fear of these threats and how people and societies deal with them.

Special Chair for Security


veiligheid-beveiligenVSecurity has become a hot topic. But what is security? And why does it play such a big role in society nowadays? At the Department of Governance Studies at VU University, the subject of security is intensively investigated, not in the least by Professor Hans Boutellier. He holds the Frans Denkers Chair of Security and Citizenship, a partnership of the police force Amsterdam-Amstelland, the municipality of Amsterdam and the Faculty of Social Sciences at VU. The study of security and citizenship is part of the research programme of Governance studies: New Public Governance.

Networks in crisis


veiligheid-crisisnetwerkenProfessor in Organizational Sciences Peter Groenewegen received a grant together with the sociologists Professor Marjolein Broese van Groenou and Dr. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg for a project on social networks (see the news FSW gets 28 Academy interns). One of the subprojects is that of Dr. Kees Boersma and a group of students. They examine how networks evolve in a crisis and how they relate to existing technical communication, intra-and inter-organizational preparation and administrative responsibility. His research is part of the research program of Organizational Sciences: Organizations and Porcesses of Organizing in Society.

Rogue states and domestic criminals


veiligheid-criminelenProfessor in international security Wolfgang Wagner hypothesizes that countries battle their own criminals in the same way as they tackle rogue states like Iran and North Korea. Of course, both cases pose a security threat. In June 2010 he received a grant to compare the domestic and external security policies of countries on the basis of prison populations amongst other variables. His research is part of the research programme of Political Science: Multi-Layered Governance in Europe and beyond.