Rising populations, declining resources, seemingly ‘less to go around’, inequality, violent conflict and the need to cooperate with people who are tenuously linked to each other by the forces of globalisation can create challenges and lead to uncomfortable and tense relationships within and between communities. Threats of disease and environmental hazards, hunger, unemployment, crime, social conflict, political repression and discrimination have long inspired thinkers, practitioners and policymakers to reflect on the nature of wellbeing in a modern, changing and connected world.
The Human Security Grand Challenge Initiative will explore the drivers of individual wellbeing in these complex contexts by understanding the causes of insecurity. It focuses on the concerns and vulnerabilities of people in their everyday lives. Rather than securing borders and nation states, activity for human security wants to protect and empower people, so that they can lead fulfilled and happy lives.
Coventry University has expressed a commitment to human security by launching this 7th Grand Challenge Initiative. It will consist of:
- Being involved: a committed community of interest
- Working together: a global network of collaborations, partners and supporters
- Creating solutions: a strong portfolio of human security research and projects
You will see evidence of this new Grand Challenge Initiative in Human Security throughout 2013. Watch this website for information on research and events, case studies and collaborations as the year progresses. So, why not get involved?
Should you wish to receive more information, please feel free to contact us:
Professor Mike Hardy, Director
Aurelie Broeckerhoff, Researcher and GCI Human Security Coordinator