Cambridge Security Programme (CSP)

December 2007. The Cambridge Security Programme is operationally closed. This site is maintained as a historical archive. Information on this site is no longer current.

The principle aim of CSP Research Projects is to add value to the quality of knowledge and understanding relating to issues of human insecurity, to the quality of policy making and to the well-being of Society in General.

The meta-theme of ‘Human Insecurity’ is defined as the study (and synthesis) of the components of global conflict and danger, and of their linkages. This process is further broken down into three fields, in each of which CSP will develop a ‘core competence’. These are:

  1. Individual perceptions, mind-sets and motivations of those in conflict.
  2. Social interaction; networks, structure and institutions, including ICT networking.
  3. Risk, decision-making and policy formation.

The core competencies will encompass the study of a) cultural differences and subjective experiences of those posing threats or devising responses, b) how both hierarchical and non-hierarchical organisations, formal and informal, and legal and extra-legal networks operate to enhance or erode human security, and c) the development and dissemination of new concepts and processes necessary for the formulation of effective policy responses to the risks that are inherent in a rapidly changing world.

— The first core competencies will be built around a cluster of research projects, each with an academic project director or leader.

— Research Projects fall within a CSP intellectual framework and are subject to strict selection criteria. These criteria are: their relevance to one of the competences, their added value in the longer term, their multi-disciplinary involvement and their ability to circulate output that will be of use to decision- and policy-makers.

The three ‘core competencies’, when taken together, will differentiate CSP, they each will be developed as applied knowledge-models, to be disseminated as intellectual backbones to public and private decision makers.