Risk, Technology and Security

About the Research Cluster

Security is one of the most foundational appeals in politics. Providing security is the primary function of the state with an ever-changing matrix as threats, vulnerabilities, and potential solutions constantly shift and evolve.

The dominant mode of thinking through security policies is risk management, understanding that environmental threats and vulnerabilities must be accepted, mitigated, deferred or rejected. Technologies can be force-multipliers that lead to effective and efficient policy responses and vectors of vulnerabilities themselves.

Because of the complexity of security politics and the complexity of technological solutions, good security policy requires serious, sustained and ethical analysis to ensure that democratic principles are honoured in our policy solutions.

The Research Lead

Mark Salter

The Risk, Technology and Security cluster is headed by Mark Salter, Core Member of the ISSP and Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences.

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