There is a pressing and complex challenge to address threats to security and substantial capacity within the research community to support this.
The Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) is leading the response to this challenge. The Partnership is an initiative of Research Councils UK and was established in 2008 as the Global Uncertainties Programme. It aims to deliver high quality and cutting edge research to help improve our understanding of current and future global security challenges.
The Partnership focuses on the core areas of:
It supports collaboration by bringing together researchers from across disciplines to work together on innovative research projects. By creating opportunities for knowledge exchange between government, industry and the third sector, it aims to deliver impact beyond the academic community.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are core members of the Partnership.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are affiliated members.
Nine leading academics have also been appointed as Leadership Fellows to provide leadership to the Partnership and conduct high quality research.
The Partnership is supported by a Research Integrator for the Transnational Organised Crime Theme hosted by the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge, the AHRC-ESRC Conflict Theme Lead Fellow and a small team of staff. Both the Conflict Theme Lead Fellow and staff are hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bath.