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ASSERT: Assessing security research: tools and methodologies to measure societal impact


There are numerous declarations on the importance of considering societal impacts of EU security research. The development of effective tools and mechanisms to assess the social implications of security research activities is in its infancy. Societal impacts are typically perceived as side effects of instrumental - technological and legal - security measures. This oversimplified view has to be overcome. Societal dimensions of security research, if taken into account from the outset of the “design process”, can increase the quality of feasible solutions. ASSERT will identify “best practice” cases to assess societal impacts of science and technology in the security domain and beyond. ASSERT takes a multi-disciplinary approach: social sciences, a broad range of stakeholders, end-users, researchers, policy-makers, industry and NGOs, building a comprehensive pool of experts. Bringing together these different perspectives will create the basis for the development of a tool and roadmap for the sustainable integration of societal impacts in future EU security research.

If you wish to further deepen your knowledge about concepts and methodologies of Societal Impact Assessment, please have a look at the ASSERT website, where you will find downloadable material detailing the presentations given on day one and two. 

In particular:

Principal Researcher


Mai 2013 - August 2014

Funded by

European Union 


  • IRKS, Wien, Österreich
  • Hamburg Consult, Hamburg, Germany
  • Trilateral, London, UK
  • University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
  • King's College London, London, UK

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