A Research-Based Introduction
I would like to express my gratitude to a number of people and institutions to whom I owe in the editorship of this book.
My previous experience in shaping the field of civil security research in Europe significantly contributed to the plan for this book: serving the European Commission as an expert in the preparatory action for the Security theme in the 7th Framework Program for research, and later on in that program after it was launched, as well as the Austrian National Security Research Program KIRAS as a founding member of the jury. My years as a Professor for Security Research at Sigmund Freud University Vienna, Austria, and as a coordinator of the EU security research project FOCUS, on “Foresight Security Scenarios,” from which several colleagues have contributed to this volume and the concept of the book, were fundamental, too. FOCUS also availed me the privilege of academically collaborating with DHS components and research projects, as well as with FEMA, in their Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI).
The inspiration and insight I gained on my current appointment as Professor and Chair of Homeland Security Programs at The Pennsylvania State University, at my home college Penn State Harrisburg, and at its School of Public Affairs, has been limitlessly precious. I particularly benefitted from discussion with colleagues ← xi | xii → and students in the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies Program in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS).
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