Centre for Global Security Challenges hosts annual conference

The CGSC hosted the conference in May 2023 at the University of Leeds.

The Centre for Global Security Challenges (CGSC) and the European Journal of International Security (EJIS) hosted their joint annual conference on 18-19 May 2023 at the University of Leeds.

The theme of the 2023 conference was “Security in a time of ‘Polycrisis’” and saw participants present research on the role and integrity of security as an organising logic during a time of multiple, intersecting crises in our contemporary world. Crises discussed over the two-day conference included (but were not limited to) interlocking environmental disasters, the global COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the potential for nuclear conflict. 

Full details of the research panels and papers presented at the 2023 conference can be found in the programme on Eventbrite.

About the CGSC

The Centre for Global Security Challenges is a large, interdisciplinary research centre, hosted in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. We possess multi-method expertise in the study of security, covering a range of substantive areas. Our research is structured in six themes, covering health, climate, gender, conflict, terrorism, and order. The Centre was founded in 2018. We rebranded in 2019 as the Centre for Global Security Challenges, tying in with a School vision premised on understanding and addressing the politics of global challenges. CGSC has quickly grown to become an intellectual home for 50+ researchers, spanning multiple disciplines (e.g., Media, Law, and History, as well as Politics, IR, and Development). The Centre is directed by Jack Holland and Laura Considine.

CGSC is home to three leading journals, one of which is EJIS. EJIS publishes theoretical, methodological and empirical papers at the cutting edge of security research. Welcoming high-quality research from around the world, EJIS covers all areas of international security. The journal is particularly concerned to make connections and build bridges, both between different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, but also across regional boundaries. The journal is edited by Edward Newman, Jason Ralph, and Jacqui True (Monash), and has seven associate editors from CGSC.


As well as CGSC and EJIS, we would like to thank Mohammed (Didar) Islam, Laura Rose Brown, and Izzy Jenkinson for their help in organising and marketing the conference.