EUSECON (A New Agenda for European Security Economics) is a four-year collaborative research project that analyzes the causes, dynamics, and long-term effects of both human-induced insecurity threats and European security policies. The project was funded from 2008 till 2012 by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme and comprised a consortium of top economists and social scientists from across Europe. It was managed by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).
The EUSECON project broadly defines “insecurity” to include terrorism and organized crime. The project’s focus is on the human drivers of insecurity. The consortium utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to promote in-depth understanding of insecurity threats emerging from terrorism and organized crime. It aims to uncover the much-needed information base for effective domestic and international security policy. There will also be an emphasis on identifying and limiting the costs of anti-terror policies, in order to achieve secure growth.
EUSECON goals are:
• To define the field of security economics and provide a framework for its analysis;
• To identify and address gaps in knowledge in the discipline of security economics;
• To generate policy-relevant knowledge that improves policy-making in the European Union;
• To disseminate academic and policy-relevant knowledge in order to promote information exchange between dispersed researchers; and
• To foster the establishment of a sustainable network of economic security experts.
Project funded by the EU under FP7