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Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS)

About the Partnership

In 2013 Research Councils UK undertook a five year review of the Global Uncertainties Programme looking at how it operated. Part of this review included an external independent evaluation which has resulted in some important changes to the Programme. These include:

  • changing to a partnership model which allows for greater flexibility of funding and strengthening of partners
  • concentrating funding in more focused strategic areas while being responsive to new opportunities
  • revise and stop the accreditation of research projects, while supporting researchers in facilitating the impact of research through the role of External Champion
  • revise the governance and management structure to ensure that these priorities are delivered effectively and efficiently.

As a result of these recommendations the Global Uncertainties Programme has become the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS).

The partnership will focus new initiatives in the following three core areas:

  • Conflict
  • Cyber-security
  • Transnational organised crime

The Partnership consists of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as core members, while BBSRC, MRC and STFC will continue their engagement as affiliated members. The Partnership will build upon fruitful collaboration established to date and will continue to develop links with a range of external partners in government, business and third sector organisations.

Global Uncertainties: programme background

The RCUK Global Uncertainties programme was set up to examine the causes of insecurity and how security risks and threats best can be predicted, prevented and managed. Arts and humanities research has a central role to play in the programme through, for example, providing a better understanding of the historical contexts and evolution of conflicts and conflict resolution, the development of cultures, identities, ideas, faiths and beliefs and the representation, symbols, narratives, memories, emotions, language and mediation of conflict and security through different media and creative and performing arts and by providing critical perspectives on issues of rights, ethics, trust and legal frameworks that are raised by security challenges.

The programme seeks to foster collaboration between academic partners and funders and a range of national and international policy makers, public bodies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the public.

Find out more

For full details about the partnership, the research covered and the latest news please see the PaCCS Research website.