The IRISS project is being undertaken by a large and varied consortium of partners from across Europe, including:


IRKS_Logo1Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS), Austria- IRKS (Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie) is a research institution in the field of criminology, sociology of law and policing. The Institute plans and designs legal or organisational reforms and their implementation. Staff members are engaged in the foundation and the support of diverse European associations, especially the “European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control”, and IRKS cooperates closely with the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL). IRKS has 35 years of experience of co-operating with Austrian and international state agencies as well as research institutions.

CONTACT: -> For more information visit this webpage at the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology
Reinhard Kreissl (coordinator)
Alexander Neumann (project manager)
Regina Berglez (IRISS team)
Diana Silvestru (IRISS team)
Norbert Leonhardmair (IRISS team)
Roger von Laufenberg (IRISS team)


Trilateral Research & Consulting (TRI), UK – Trilateral Research & Consulting is a London-based Limited Liability Partnership, founded in October 2004. It specialises in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, privacy, trust, risk and security issues.

CONTACT:  -> For more information visit this webpage at Trilateral Research & Consulting
David Wright
Kush Wadhwa
Rowena Rodrigues
Rachel Finn


University of Stirling (STIR), UK – The University of Stirling has an international reputation for high quality research directly relevant to economic, social andcultural needs. Stirling was ranked the top university in Scotland in the “Research Success Rankings” of 2007 and “Scottish University of the Year” in 2009/10. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 86% of research was rated as meeting international and national standards of excellence. The University has considerable experience of leading and participating in international research projects, including EURONET, INDECS, CROBOCOB, OSPI-Europe and PESCE. The Stirling Management School has an excellent reputation for innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange. It is involved in a wide range of international networks, including the European Network on Industrial Policy (EUNIP) and the Association for Social Economics (ASE).

William Webster
   -> For more information visit his personal webpage at the University of Stirling
Charles Leleux  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at the University of Stirling


University of Edinburgh (UEdin), UK – The University of Edinburgh has an international reputation, with a research ranking in the top five in the UK and first in Scotland. It has collaborated in about 180 FP6 projects (€45 million). The School of Social and Political Science (SSPS) embraces Politics and International Relations, Sociology, Science Studies, etc., and includes the Research Centre for Social Sciences, and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI). The School of Law conducts research in the areas of law, criminology, and socio-legal studies, and is home to several research centres including the Centre for Law and Society, and the AHRC/SCRIPT centre for research in IT and IP law.

Charles Raab  ->For more information visit his personal webpage at the University of Edinburgh
Richard Jones  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at the University of Edinburgh


Eotvos Karoly Policy Institute (EKINT), Hungary – EKINT is a small research and policy organization created in 2003 by the Soros Foundation in Budapest, in order to establish a novel, unconventional institutional framework for shaping democratic public affairs in Hungary. The Institute is deeply committed to the liberal interpretation of constitutionality, constitutional democracy, and individual rights. EKINT has been a partner in EU supported projects such as BROAD, ETICA, and LiSS COST Action.

Iván Székely
Beatrix Vissy
Szonja Navratil


Institute of Technology Assessment (OeAW-ITA), Austria – OeAW-ITA is a research facility of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The Institute employs seventeen scientific researchers with expertise in economics, business administration, sociology, political science, communications technology, telecommunications, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, chemistry and law is combined in the interdisciplinary field of TA. OeAW-ITA performs inter-disciplinary scientific research at the interface of technology and society. Its work focuses on development trends, on societal consequences and on options for shaping technological change. The results are processed into decision-related options. During the last decade, the institute acquired expertise in a number of international research projects within EU programmes as well as for international organisations such as OECD and UNIDO. OeAW-ITA also contributes to the work of the EPTA network (European Parliamentary Technology Assessment) and ETAG.

CONTACT:  -> For more information visit this webpage at the Institute of Technology Assessment
Johann Cas
Walther Peissl
Jaro Sterbik-Lamina


University of Sheffield (USFD), UK – The University of Sheffield is a major provider of Higher Education in the north of England. Within the Sociology Department, there is considerable experience of leading and participating in large national and international research projects, and members of the Department are involved in a wide range of international networks, including, Living in Surveillance Societies (LISS), hosting the EU funded, European Forum on Population Ageing Research and the Dartington Trust funded, Research In Practice Partnership (RIP). In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Department of Sociological Studies was rated as producing 95% of its research outputs at an international standard, within this, 45% was rated as internationally excellent and 20% as world-class. This makes the Department a top-ten research department in its field, consolidating our previous excellent rating (Grade 5) in the previous research assessment exercise.

Clive Norris  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at the University of Sheffield


University of Hamburg (UH), Germany – The Institute for Criminological Research is the only criminological academic institution in Germany with a strong focus on the social sciences. It offers an MA in International Criminology and a training MA in Criminology for practitioners. It also contributes to the BA and MA programmes in Sociology. It has a long and wide research history, including studies on drugs, terrorism, video surveillance, historical criminology and corruption. It collaborates with the independent Institute of Security and Prevention research, which is also located at the University of Hamburg. The University of Hamburg is one of the largest in Germany covering a wide range research and disciplines.

Nils Zurawski  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at the University of Hamburg


Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium – The interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society at VUB is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society. Although VUB’s core expertise is legal, it also has a strong experience and track record in legal theory, philosophy of sciences and bio-ethics, and engages in criminological and STS-research.

Paul de Hert   -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Antonella Galetta  -> For more information visit her personal webpage at Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Open University (OU), UK – The Open University (OU) is the largest university in the UK. It is a world class provider of distance learning education, and is consistently ranked among the top UK universities for teaching quality and research, climbing 23 places to 43rd in the rankings of the UK’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The Open University Business School (OUBS) is the biggest business school in the world to be triple-accredited (by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). It undertakes research that is intellectually leading and which meets international standards of excellence, attracting funding from the EU Framework 7 Programme, RCUK, NIHR, The Leverhulme Trust and a wide range of private sector funders.

Kirstie Ball  -> For more information visit her personal webpage at Open University
Keith Spiller  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Open University


Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain – The University of Barcelona (UB) is Spain’s leading research university, publishing more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The University of Barcelona offers prospective students a wide range of course offerings tailored to their needs and to the needs of society in general, thus placing the University at the head of academic fields in very different degree areas, from technology on the one hand to art on the other.

Gemma Galdon Clavell


Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V (Fraunhofer), Germany - The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of technology, economy and society under contract to the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB), other ministries and industrial companies. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.  is an autonomous research organisation with a decentralised organisational structure, which currently maintains 56 research institutes in locations throughout Germany.

Michael Friedewald  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Ralf Lindner  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Dara Hallinan
Kerstin Goos


Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway – Established in 1959, PRIO is a key institution within peace research with a primary mission to conduct high-quality academic research on questions relevant to the promotion of a more peaceful world. PRIO is an independent and international institute located in central Oslo housing three thematic programs: Security Program; Peace and Conflict Resolution Program; Ethics, Norms and Identities Program. In addition PRIO accommodates two research centres: the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) situated at the HQ`s, and the PRIO-Cyprus Centre located in Nicosia. PRIO contributes to theoretical and methodological development both within specific academic disciplines, and through cross-fertilization between disciplines. PRIO research is primarily disseminated through academic publications, but also through reports related to its engagement activities and via contributions to the media. PRIO is owner and responsible editor for Security Dialogue and Journal of Peace Research, and an associate to Journal of Military ethics.

Peter Burgess  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Peace Research Institute Oslo.

Rocco Bellanova -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Peace Research Institute Oslo.

Stine Bergersen -> For more information visit her personal webpage at Peace Research Institute Oslo.


Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Italy - UCSC is Europe’s largest private university. With its five campuses of Milan, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, Rome and Campobasso, it is also the only university in Italy operating on a national scale. UCSC operates in both humanities and sciences, and its research activity draws on 54 institutes, 22 departments and 70 research centres, plus another 4 centres, and is aimed towards the study and understanding of issues crucial to life and society: new frontiers in economics and bioethics, changes in the field of law, family and cultural trends, mass media, changes in political systems, aims and goals of medicine, technological applications of mathematics and physics, and the most recent discoveries in environmental research.

CONTACT: -> For more information visit the webpage of the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Marco Lombardi  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Chiara Fonio


Comenius University, Bratislava (COMENIUS), Slovakia – Univerzita Komenského (Comenius University), Bratislava is a public, self-governing institution of higher education, founded in 1919 and it is the oldest among the institutions of higher education currently existing in the Slovak Republic. The Comenius University is also the biggest institutions with over 35,000 students and has the best research performance. The Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Philosophy at Comenius University is the oldest and best political science department in Slovakia with strong international links and competitive research and publication record. In addition to the study of politics in Slovakia and other European countries, members of department possess expertise in European comparative politics, European integration and international relations as well as democracy, human rights, public policy and political economy. Its faculty members have considerable experience with participating in the Fifth and Sixth Framework Programmes of the European Commission.

Eric Lastic  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Comenius University Bratislava


Universität der Bundeswehr München (UNIBW), Germany – The Bundeswehr University of Munich serves the scientific education of officers and officer candidates and prepares its graduates for professional activities that require the application of scientific knowledge and methods. The curricula are identical to those of the national universities in all courses.  The University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich is not only a teaching university but also an inquiring one. The institute for sociology and economy was engaged in the context of the research centre 536 (“reflexive modernisation”) ( The ‘Reflexive Modernisation’ Research Centre examines the hypothesis of a ‘reflexive’ modernisation of modern societies, i.e. of a fundamental societal transformation within modernity. While radical social change has always been part of modernity, the transition to a reflexive second modernity revolutionises the very coordinates, categories and conceptions of change itself, and this development also relates to the handling of uncertainty and surveillance.

Wolfgang Bonß  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Universität der Bundeswehr München
Daniel Fischer  -> For more information visit his personal webpage at Universität der Bundeswehr München