Professor Theo Gavrielides, IARS’ Founder and Director, claims: “The road that we have taken for security policy and practice is leading to further division and the erosion of our European societal values”. He argues: “Europe is in a democratic deficit perpetuated by a number of challenges such as the economic downturn, fears of security, nationalism and the continuous marginalisation of the disempowered”. His assumption? “There is an alternative vision for social cohesion”.

This is what he will be discussing as the keynote speaker at the Final Conference of the >MARGIN project, held in Budapest (Hungary) from the 3rd to the 5th of April 2017. Based on previous and on-going research activities, the MARGIN project’s specific aims are to address public perception of insecurity through the following framework:

“1- To create a framework enabling end-users to contrast objective and subjective measures of insecurity (i.e. compare police statistics with CVS data)

2- To develop and validate a thematic survey with a sample of 15.400 citizens that allows for the assessment of the impact of demographic, socio-economic, and socio-geographic variables on the perception of insecurity

3- To investigate the socio-cultural determinants of the perception of insecurity through the implementation of anthropological fieldwork in five EU countries

4- To share best practices and outcomes in a final event with 100 key end-users. By deepening the understanding of the root causes of insecurity, MARGIN is expected to foster the creation of community resilience practices empowering citizens (especially among those at risk of exclusion) to better face risks, and increase the public and personal perception of security.”