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


All the latest information can be found on:

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

[1] Danube River Region Exchange Network


Belgrade, 22 March 2019

The Faculty of Security Studies, the Belgrade Institute of International Politics and Economics and the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija held a one-day academic conference to mark 20 years since NATO’s aggression against our country.

Over thirty participants from Serbia and abroad attended the conference, which took place at the Palace of Serbia (Palata Srbija) on 22 March 2019.

The Third International Conference – THE ONE BELT, ONE ROAD: Serbia and Initiative 16+1 (experiences, achievements and perspectives)



The Faculty of Security Studies of the University of Belgrade organized the third international conference dedicated to the New Silk Road, in the premises of the Club of Deputies in Belgrade entitled “Belt and Road: Serbia and Initiative 16+1 – experiences, achievements and perspectives”. This event was coorganised in cooperation with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Serbia and the academic community of the People’s Republic of China, on April 19.

This year’s conference was thematically dedicated to the experiences that the Republic of Serbia has achieved over the past six years since the establishment of the multilateral framework “16 + 1”. A special accent was placed on the investment aspects and the various benefits that our country has achieved through membership in this unique Initiative. In this regard, the dominant topic was the presentation of various forms of economic presence of Chinese companies in the domestic market, as well as planned investments and future infrastructure projects.

At the very beginning, the Dean of the Faculty of Security Studies Dr. Vladimir N. Cvetković addressed the participants and guests, pointing out the academic significance of such a conference, and addressed in a closer subject that this year’s meeting was dedicated to.

After the dean`s welcome speech, the first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Ivica Dačić addressed the participants. In his speech, the Minister presented the diplomatic and political achievements of the Republic of Serbia in special mechanisms and working bodies within the 16 + 1 Initiative.

The next speaker, Her Excellency Ms. Chen Bo, the Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Serbia, addressed the meeting, and expressed optimism about further political and economic cooperation between the two countries.

At the very end of the official opening ceremony the Minister of Mining and Energy in the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Antić addressed the participants. Mr. Antic said that the New Road Silk Project is the most important energy global project, and as such, represents a good development opportunity for the Republic of Serbia and the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

After the opening ceremony, the conference was held in four thematic panels. The first panel was dedicated to Serbia as a member of the 16 + 1 mechanism. Panelists were prof. Dr. Sju Gjen, prof. dr Milenko Dželetović, prof. Prof. Dr. Žarko Obradović, prof. Dr. Radoslav Pušić, as well as prof. Dr. Jiong Gong. The talks were dedicated to the bilateral relations of the Republic of Serbia and the People’s Republic of China, cultural diplomacy, as well as the challenges of further investments of Chinese companies in the Republic of Serbia. Panelists agreed that the participation of the Republic of Serbia in this initiative is a good example and an incentive for the countries of the region to more systematically approach the mutual cooperation in the construction of cross-border infrastructure projects.

The second panel was thematically oriented towards the 16 + 1 initiative, the current multilateral and bilateral relations, and the activities of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe with the People’s Republic of China. Panelists were prof. Dr. Matej Hrubec, prof. Dr. Andrej Radulescu, prof. Dr. Petar Stanojević, Ms. Matej Šimalčik and prof. Dr. Jao Jungsu. Panelists proposed several potential scenarios for mid-term development of the 16 + 1 Initiative and further forms of economic and, consequently, political deepened cooperation among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

In the third panel, speakers presented their works that contextualized the global vision of the Belt and Road initiative. The session of this panel was divided into two segments. The first segment` participants were prof. Dr. Hu Davei, prof. dr Vladimir N. Cvetković, doc. Dr. Julija Nikitina and prof. Dr. Siniša Tatalović. Panelists focused their attention on changes in the world order, the place of Serbia in relations with the great powers in the 21st century, and macroregional political flows in relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union towards the political initiatives of the People’s Republic of China. In the second segment of this panel participation was taken by prof. Dr. Magnus Ilmjarv, prof. Dr Monika Bartošević, prof. dr Minin Yevgeny Mihailovich, doc. Dr. Vladimir Eisenhamer and prof. Dr. Dušan Proroković. Panelists focused on subregional initiatives such as the idea of ​​intermarium, then the participation of Baltic countries in the 16 + 1 initiative, as well as the role of the Danube as a politically and economically cohesive element of cooperation between the countries of the region and the strategic thinking of the Chinese academic community on international relations.

Apart from the panellists, the work of the conference was attended by a large number of state officials of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the diplomatic corps and the academic community, as well as professional public from the country and abroad.


The work of the conference attracted the attention of the local media. Numerous domestic print and electronic media were reporting about the meeting, its conclusions, as well as the guest’s visits.

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The 4th International Academic Conference on Human Security (#IC4HS) “Human Security and New Technologies”

The 4th International Academic Conference on Human Security “Human Security and New Technologies”, organized by the Human Security Research Center and the Faculty of Security Studies (University of Belgrade), with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Serbia, was held on 2 and 3 November 2018 at the Rectorate of the University of Belgrade. The conference was attended by over sixty researchers and scholars from Serbia and abroad and a considerable number of guests.

The Conference was opened by:

  • Petar Bulat, Vice-Rector of the University of Belgrade
  • Vladimir N. Cvetković, Dean of the Faculty of Security Studies
  • E. Mr Andrea Orizio, Head of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Serbia
  • Goran Matić, Director of the Office of the National Security Council and Classified Information Protection

The keynote lectures were presented by Rastko Močnik (sociologist, psychoanalyst, literary theorist, translator and political activist from Slovenia), Bülent Sarper Аğır (Associate Professor of International Relations at Aydın Adnan Menderes University’s Faculty of Economics), Aleksej Tarasjev (evolutionary biologist from the Department of Evolutionary Biology at the Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković” of the University of Belgrade) and Nathaniel Raymond (Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, USA).

Over the two-day conference, scholars, researchers and practitioners from twelve countries engaged in lively debates and exchanged their research findings, knowledge and experience of the nexus between human security and modern technology.

Two workshops for postgraduate students were held on the second day of the Conference: Data as People: Information, Rights, and the Future of Freedom, led by Nathaniel Raymond, and Use of Personal Protective Equipment in CBRN Training, presented by staff from the Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences.

For more details, visit the official website of the Conference: http://conference.human-security.info/