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Security in Transition


An interdisciplinary investigation of the security gap.


Security in transition is about investigating and identifying the nature of the security gap and tracking the ways in which public and private agents are adapting.



The twenty-first century experienced a shift from the traditional, twentieth century model of security; based on the rule of law; policing within nation-states and conventional external military forces. Instead, new global risks emerged such as armed conflict, organised crime, terrorism, financial crisis, poverty and inequality, environmental degradation, vulnerability to natural disasters, to name but a few.

Such risks have meant millions of people living in intolerable insecurity as a consequence and yet current public security provision was not designed to address these sources of insecurity, and as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown, sometimes such provision was hugely damaging.

This five year, European Research Council-funded programme sought to examine the security gap which occurred, exploring the link between security and legitimacy and the public significance of its findings. The research stated five components within its investigation: narratives; indicators; rules; tools; and geographies. Its ground-breaking research put forward a new analytical frame for understanding contemporary security challenges using innovative interdisciplinary methodologies, with great relevance to policy makers. 

Access The Security in Transition website here.



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Amy Crinnion, Unit Administrator a.crinnion@lse.ac.uk


Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE