Societal security has emerged as a new and, at times, highly contested concept of political and interdisciplinary research. At its core, it seeks to determine and understand the ability of societies to endure against a backdrop of changing conditions and threats. In so doing, societal security research merges together considerations on risk and security from economic, political, ecological, social, legal, natural science, technological, and engineering perspectives.

With an emphasis on the interdisciplinary efforts of all the humanities and technological sciences, the European Journal for Security Research provides a comprehensive platform to discuss a wide-range of security research topics, such as the inability of new security technologies to deliver definitive solutions, the phenomena of increased securitization, the epistemological, political, legal, and media framing of “safety production”, interdisciplinary development and optimization processes, and the disruptive potential of new technologies. By publishing wholly original articles from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, the European Journal for Security Research offers a uniquely European forum for debate on social security research developments and how they are transforming our world.

We welcome articles from any relevant disciplinary approach. Articles for consideration should be lodged electronically via As a rule, they should not exceed 8,500 words.

  • Presents novel, multidisciplinary technical and societal sciences' approaches to security
  • Investigates causes and consequences that have emerged through the rise of societal security
  • Assesses ways in which securitization addresses and transforms a wide range of events
  • Discusses how society copes with and adapts to these transformations

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Volume 6

Issue 2, December 2021

Safety and Security - Special Issue of ESREL2020 PSAM15

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This journal has 24 open access articles

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