The core of the research programme consists of the safety and security of our increasingly international and digitalised society, anticipation, control of continuity of operations, strategic management and security management.
The rapid change in the global security environment as well as the advancing technology and its increasing significance for individuals and communities challenge the existing structures of society. This also changes the actions taken by the authorities and provides new opportunities for cooperation between the law enforcement authorities and the private sector in areas such as crime prevention.
The objective of Laurea’s coherent security research programme is to produce evidence-based knowledge as well as end user-driven solutions, services and products to enhance the ability of individuals and communities to respond to the needs resulting from social changes and phenomena in a global environment. The core of the research programme consists of the safety and security of our increasingly international and digitalised society, anticipation, control of continuity of operations, strategic management and security management. Safety and security are viewed at the level of the individual, community, organisation and society.
The content of our research programme strongly reflects our expertise in correctional services and social services, border and maritime security, rescue services and inter-authority cooperation, as well as our extensive knowledge of special questions related to crisis management and conflict prevention (including resilience), radicalisation, extremism, cybersecurity and industrial security. In addition, ethical and data security-related themes are strongly represented in the safety and security research carried out by Laurea. The security and safety of educational establishments as well as related assessment and development are also included in the core of our research activities.
The research activities emphasise cooperation between the public sector and companies, the understanding of cultures, technologization, strategic thinking and anticipation as well as developments affecting overall safety and security. Evaluation of actions and exercises is also included in Laurea’s core competence, as well as communication about the results and actions. We work together with a large group of stakeholders in order to understand how we could build a safer society, products and services that take into account the needs of different groups of people.