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Security Studies Research Group

The objective of the Security Studies Research Group (SSRG) is to study security as a comprehensive phenomenon, covering both its conceptual, practical, and linguistic aspects as well as the practical means, institutions, and strategies of threat prevention. The area of research aims to cover the political aspects of security from the perspective of Politics, Public Administration and Economics. SSRG investigates the interrelationship of public and private security sectors and the development of their relations (for example, the outsourcing of key government tasks and responsibilities to the global security firms); the relationship between security and new technologiess; the role of civil society (public-private-people partnerships, for example); prevention of terrorism and organized crime and other new forms of organizing security policies; central international security actors such European Union and NATO.

The problematization of the meaning and direction of security policies also involves the concepts of resilience, the Finnish notion of comprehensive security, and human security with its dimension of human rights. SSRG focuses on three broader and mutually reinforcing research themes:

  • the concept of security, human security, resilience and securitization
  • security governance and administration, its actors and crisis decision-making
  • transformation of traditional security practices and threats, including new threats and the practices related to them (for example, implications of cyber security politics and governance)

SSRG is home to the Tampere Security Research seminars (TASER) convened by Rune Saugmann. The bi-monthly seminar is a forum for discussing papers in progress with interested colleagues. TASER is open for all with an interest in security theory and practice, including related disciplines such as peace research, feminist thinking and international relations. Contact Rune for more info.

 

Heads of the Research Group:

Professor (Security Governance) Sirpa Virta, sirpa.virta@uta.fi

Professor (International Relations) Tuomas Forsberg, tuomas.forsberg@uta.fi

Researchers and PhD students:

University Lecturer PhD Anniina Autero, Academy postdoc Rune Saugmann, postdoc Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen, PhD students Tapio Juntunen, Tiina Rättilä, Jarmo Rinne, Johanna Liljeroos

 
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