Building interdisciplinary expertise to explore security controversies in research and innovation


We are living in a world which simultaneously praises science as a source of progress and is anxious about the risks it might entail. In a time of increasing global connectedness, how do we think about the dangers related to emerging research and innovation? And how do these concerns translate into making science and innovation safe and secure?

These questions are at the heart of the project SECCON which seeks to contribute to our understanding of security controversies in the governance of research and innovation. SECCON will analyse the meanings, practices, and implications of security-driven changes in the current governance of research and innovation in the area of biosecurity. SECCON uses a theoretical framework which draws on security studies, science and technology studies, sociology and the philosophy of science.

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SECCON is carried out by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Dagmar Rychnovská in cooperation with Techno-science and societal transformation group at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. Dagmar is a politicial scientist specializing in security studies and her research focuses on security governance of science and technology and the politics of new threats.

The project will run from 2018 to 2020 and is supported by the EU under its Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.