University of Belgrade – Faculty of Security Studies – Human Security Research Center

For over twenty years, the concept of human security has been promoting, through the endeavours and research of a myriad theorists and researchers, a security paradigm focusing on an individual and community and insisting that this security perspective is fundamental to national, regional and global stability. Knowledge and the research at its basis play a pivotal role in (re)configuring human security – the concept that has brought about great transformation in both human security research and social sciences and humanities during the last two decades.

Our reality reminds us that we need new knowledge, that the existing knowledge should be improved, and innovative approach and research adopted by scientists, understanding fostered by practitioners, effective action undertaken by decision-makers. This will allow for deeper understanding and improved policies implementation and interventions in future. We, also, need innovations that result from both research and development, and interaction between people, organizations and institutions, particularly when faced with social challenges.

It is evident that there are some shortcomings in knowledge on security and insecurity, as well as in the agenda for future research, as they have to include and focus on the areas covering contextual understanding and local inclusiveness, theories of change and operationalization, as well as transnational security trends and their impact on human security policy and practice. Security discourse has been considerably influenced and shaped by the evolution of science, since it has been trying to apply scientific methods to risk and threat prevention in their diverse forms. Security has been increasingly linked to the theory of knowledge, to means and methods for gaining knowledge on security, to security threats and how to face them. Traditional approaches and disciplines which had had the monopoly on security studies and security as a research field have given way to new approaches and disciplines within social sciences and humanities

New security concepts, human security being one of them, can be understood and comprehended as a way of connecting security ideas and principles with solid empirical foundation, as a way of security conceptualization and its connectivity to different agents, institutions and other ideas. It is this context that can give rise to new research and knowledge based on the evidence pertaining to comprehensive approach to human security in practice and the need to improve its efficient operationalization. The importance of the research is directly connected to its precision in considering and collecting the relevant data, ensuing analysis and triangulation of these data. In accordance with all the above mentioned, new security practice and adequate changes, such as surveillance, urban security changes and policies, security privatization, migration, new forms of mobile/transnational organized crime, climate change etc. as vital constituents of emergencies and disasters, are expected to take place. Future security research will have to include changes in political nature of societies and human interactions, as well as the technology of politics, since all these factors will contribute to better understanding of human security.

It is because of this that the 5th International Conference on Human Security is prompted to search for accuracy, measurements, causality and relevance of methods, research strategies, innovation and policy stressing and defining the necessity for the production of knowledge on human security, which would have far reaching scientific and policy impact and open up space for intervention. To that goal, it is important to underline the process of delineation and (re)configuration of human security as a field of knowledge which has to insist more heavily on trust and special type of interdependence common to both technical and social systems. Although this interdependence is the result of common experience, shared values, culture or tradition, it primarily springs from our common humane character. A common denominator for all sorts of interdependence may be the trust that is reflected in the connections between security, an individual and institution, thereby presenting a strategic question regarding the future of a society, its resilience and ability to adequately react in the case of adversity, disaster, or any other threat. This can contribute to some sort of delineation with regard to traditional security concepts which focus on power relations between different agents on different levels and social sectors, which is, given the importance of both approaches, vital for the understanding of contemporary political dynamics in the field of security.

The conference will provide all the participants, scientists and researchers from around the world with an opportunity to exchange their ideas and experiences on human security, and pose versatile methodological challenges and offer possibilities for new innovative research approaches in acquiring knowledge, on the level of policies, practice, and particular case studies as separate research strategies which can be used for the study of contemporary security phenomena within their real context.

Special conference session will be dedicated to the DAREnet[1] project which has been realized within the Horizon 2020 programme, with the Faculty of Security Studies as one of the participants. The aim of this project is to support flood management practitioners across the EU Danube River Region and from different disciplines to deepen and broaden their Research, Development and Innovation related collaboration (=RDI). In other words, DAREnet is a network of practitioners dealing with flood resilience in the Danube River Region, and as such, it provides opportunities not only practitioners, but also to policy-makers, academics and others to connect and exchange ideas with national and European stakeholders; to identify and analyse by and for themselves relevant innovation gaps; and to translate the gaps into a joint innovation strategy to improve flood resilience in the future.

Bearing in mind all the above mentioned and taking into account the importance of human security for the development of security studies, we would like to suggest the following thematic sessions that would include the discussions on human security during a two-day conference.

Science and methodology

  • Security evolution as an incentive for the evolution of science
  • Evolution and transformation of the security concept as a challenge for the traditional methodology
  • Scientific knowledge as the product of the search for human security
  • The concept of human security – a possibility of linking security principles and ideas with the empirical practice
  • Innovations in the methodology od social sciences and humanities
  • Inertia and conservatism of scientific institutions as a hurdle to understanding (security) changes
  • Reconsidering and redesigning the knowledge on future in the context of human security and digital transformation
  • Knowledge as a risk panacea: prediction and anticipation of disaster
  • Combining ideas and mixing methods – potential for innovation

Public policies

  • Global insecurities in the post corona world
    • Covid19 pandemic response agenda
    • Human Security and authoritarian practices during the pandemic
    • Re-conceptualisation of Human Security concept after the pandemic
  • Education, research and innovation as a response to social/security priorities and challenges
  • Rethinking education for the future: foresight and research
  • Structure of the research programmes and policies in the field of human security: global, regional and national level
  • Strategic approach to human security research through an overview of the discourse of conceptual, institutional, legal and ethical issues
  • Political violence crises prediction as a toolkit for human security analysis (ongoing debates, concepts, and initiatives)
  • Different approaches to education for security risks and threats in the 21st century
  • Evidence-based security policies
  • Large-N datasets development and their usage for the political decision-makers in the area human security
  • The human security approach supporting the country-led implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Research practice and case studies

  • New security practice and changes in managing security relevant for the human security researchers
  • Economic/cultural/ideological drivers of the understanding of (in)security in research
  • Ideological challenges facing the securitization of education
  • Local and traditional forms of knowledge important for human security
  • The implementation of sustainable development goals through the local development policies
  • Indigenous communities and the search for human security


  • Human Security Approaches for Disaster Recovery and Resilience
  • Flood as a threat to human security
  • Safety culture and awareness of citizens
  • Resilience of citizens
  • Innovation in flood prevention
  • Innovation in flood protection
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) educational programmes
  • Psychosocial support in flooding
  • Innovative use of social media during floods
  • Virtual Operation Support Teams

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: May 31, 2020
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: June 10, 2020
  • Paper submission: July 15, 2020
  • Final paper submission and author’s registration: September 20, 2020

Submission guidelines

  • Paper should be written in English
  • Abstract (up to 300 words); Times New Roman 11-point font, single spaced
  • Keywords: up to five words
  • Text: Times New Roman, 12pts, 1.5 spacing, justified, 12,000 characters, with the following margins: Top 2.5cm; Bottom 2.5cm; Left 3cm; Right 3cm
  • References: All sources should be listed in alphabetical order and in accordance with the APA Citation Style.

Conference Proceedings

All the submitted papers will be reviewed by two blind peer review competent reviewers and presented in the Conference Proceedings with the adequate ISBN number. The Conference Proceedings and the certificate of participation will be distributed to the conference participants at the conference registration desk.

Technical Info

  • Conference dates: November 6/7, 2020
  • Organizer: Human Security Research Center (Faculty Security Studies, University of Belgrade)
  • Please, note that the accommodation and travel expenses are to be covered by participants themselves.
  • Standard participation fee is €70
  • Special participation fee for PhD students is €20


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For any further information, please, contact the Organizing Committee of the Conference: hsconference@fb.bg.ac.rs

[1] Danube River Region Exchange Network