2019/20 Call for Members for Security Lancaster Institute

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Security Lancaster is one of the largest interdisciplinary security research centres in the UK with a focus on socio-technical systems research allowing it to take a broader view of where the cyber security challenges are and where the solutions may be found. We live in a world in which our ability to capture personal user data far exceeds our understanding of how to manage issues of trust, privacy and consent with potentially far-reaching consequences for both individuals and society.

It is home to CREST, (Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats) and the ACEs-CSR (Cyber Security Research Centre), one of the first Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, a national hub for maximising behavioural and social science research into understanding, countering and mitigating security threats. We also work in collaborative areas with the Data Science Institute.

Our staff base has changed significantly over the last 6 months, creating strengths in the development of secure data-centric systems and in the social impact of securitisation. For 2019, we welcome new membership applications from academic staff, researchers and graduate students. Membership of the institute indicates a commitment to engage with Security Lancaster’s aims and objectives, undertaking research aligned to the institute’s goals and participating in institute activities. This includes a willingness to work with other institute members across traditional discipline boundaries, including the development of new proposals for research funding.

To apply, please send a short CV (any format is fine – we aren’t looking to create work for anyone) and a brief summary of your security related activities. Prior to applying please, discuss this with your head of department or supervisor if applicable. (thanks to DSI for sharing their call for member’s format) Specific aspects we will seek include:

·        A track record of publications closely aligned to Security Lancaster’s objectives or theme areas.

·        A track record of or, in the case of early career academics potential for, grant funding in a security focused area.

·       Demonstrable interest in engaging with Security Lancaster’s, CREST or the ACEs-CSR agenda and other researchers; including collaboration, mentorship and advice to colleagues.

·        A commitment to impact and external collaboration.

An example of your summary is available HERE, and a blank slide to fill out for your application is available HERE

As a reminder, membership of the University’s research institutes is entirely compatible with membership of departmental or faculty research groups and centres, and all research funds obtained by Security Lancaster flow directly into departments. Many of our existing members are not from traditional security disciplines and we are happy to discuss with potential new members how their work might align with the institute's areas of activity.

If you have questions about the application, please contact Neeraj Suri or Paul Bennett via 


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Initial applications should be received no later than 24th January 2020

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