The Societal Impact of Security Research

PRIO Policy Brief

Burgess, J. Peter (2012) The Societal Impact of Security Research, PRIO Policy Brief, 9. Oslo: PRIO.

The expression ‘societal impact’ refers in a general way to change brought about in society by a given action or activity. All research has a societal impact of one form or another. All research is carried out in society and its results are introduced into society.

In this policy brief we ask:

  • What is the role of research in society?
  • What is the impact of security research on society?
  • By what criteria can we assess this impact?
  • What can we do to assure that the impact is favourable?


J. Peter Burgess

J. Peter Burgess

Research Professor & Editor of Security Dialogue

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