The National Centre for Security Research (NCSR) is a new research centre at NUI Galway that seeks to enhance our ability to prevent and respond to the varied threats to the peace and security of citizens. The Centre facilitates communication and collaboration among researchers within the University, and with stakeholders nationally and internationally. In bringing experts together, The Centre forsters an interdisciplinary teamworking environment that includes researchers from the Bio Medical/ Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, ICT (IT and IS), Economics, Business and Law, and end-users including industry and government-sector agencies.

About the Centre

The National Centre for Security Research, NUI Galway is at the frontier of security research. The Centre brings together a unique blend of academic leaders and practitioners in the field of global security and crisis management.

Our mission is to enable the development of more secure and resilient societies through the provision of high quality research, education, training and consultancy.

About the Team

Staff at The Centre apply rigorous academic thought to practical issues across four focused areas: Engineering and Information & Communication Technology, Conflict and Terrorism, Human Rights and Law, Biological Threats.

Our research is highly regarded internationally and our academics are called upon to undertake progressive research projects and to provide impartial, expert advice on their subjects. Our research influences and informs the global security sector and we have had considerable success in winning research funding awards in Horizon 2020, FP7, the European Defence Agency, Enterprise Ireland, and the Irish Research Council.

About the Research

The Centre seeks to promote our ability to prevent and respond to man-made (e.g. crime, conflict and terrorism) and natural threats (e.g. extreme weather events leading to flooding and food crisis) to the peace and security of citizens. Such threats are constantly evolving, requiring dynamic and agile responses.

In partnership with statutory services at home and abroad, and with industry, we will identify and develop innovative responses to threats to the peace and security of citizens (Partnership). Our activities will be characterized by an on-going focus on new and emerging threats (Agility), enhancing prevention and response through inter-disciplinary research (Excellent Science) and maximizing innovation and commercialization opportunities relating to products, systems and processes (Innovation).