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The Centre for Security Studies was founded (by Professor Holland) in 2018. We rebranded (with Dr Considine) in 2019 as the Centre for Global Security Challenges, tying in with a School vision premised on understanding and addressing the politics of global challenges.

Security is an interdisciplinary subfield (drawing on a range of arts, humanities, social, and hard sciences), anchored in the subdisciplines of Security Studies and International Relations, located in political studies/science. CGSC therefore delivers on the University’s research and innovation strategy 2020-30, which aims to ‘produce high-quality, challenge-led, interdisciplinary research, underpinned by our disciplinary fundamental research strengths’.

CGSC has quickly grown to become an intellectual home for 50 researchers (30 academic staff), spanning multiple faculties, Schools, and disciplines (e.g., Media, Law, and History, as well as Politics, IR, and Development). We are still expanding, both across the University and in our reach with external partners. However, we have already established significant critical mass and research excellence, for example, attracting three leading journals to Leeds.