Call for Chapter Proposals

International Security Management: New Solutions (Springer)


We invite chapter proposals for a book on international security management, which is due to be published by Springer in late 2019. Deadline for the chapter proposals is 15th April 2019.


Aims and Scope

Research suggests that the world has never been as safe before. Yet individuals’ levels of stress, worry and fear are increasing. As we need new solutions to tackle these international and societal challenges, this book suggests alternative ways to look at safety. Instead of focusing on fear, threats and crime, it will provide a new way to look at safety through a positive safety lens. In particular, the book will provide a holistic overview of possibilities, based on a multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary, international and evidence-based approach to international security management.

The book will explore new ways of working with citizens, police and policy makers in order to co-create safety. Furthermore, it will combine the expertise of researchers, with first-hand knowledge from serving experts in order to provide comprehensive insights into the latest research findings, practical applications and suggestions for dealing with international security challenges in integrated and sustainable ways. We thus expect the book to be relevant reading for practitioners, as well as academics and students.


Book outline

The book will be organised into five sub-sections:

Section 1. Setting the scene.

  • What are the relevant challenges in international security management? What are the new trends, opportunities and threats?
  • What is the current research on safety and security lacking? What can a positive lens on safety contribute?
  • What can multi-stakeholder approaches offer to international security management?

Section 2. The international security and safety landscape.

  • Who are the relevant players in international security? How has the role of private and public players changed?
  • How do (changes in) law influence the field of international safety and security?
  • What kinds of ICT challenges and opportunities have arisen?

Section 3. The importance of collaboration and networks.

  • What kinds of new collaborations, alliances and networks are needed? How can such networks be handled?
  • How can co-creation be enabled? Between which actors?
  • What is needed for effective stakeholder management?

Section 4. Organizational perspectives.

  • What kinds of leadership are needed in the security setting?
  • How can change management adapt to security challenges?
  • How does the changing international security landscape influence professional identity?
  • What does citizen engagement look like in a digitalized environment?

Section 5. Consequences and recommendations for education, research and practice.

  • What new forms of education are needed?
  • How can research address the grand challenge of international security management? What are the consequences for methodologies and theorizing?
  • How can practice examples inspire systematic research or identify gaps in theorizing?
  • How can practitioners implement a positive safety lens, co-creation or new forms of collaboration?


Submission Procedure and Timelines

  • Potential contributors are invited to submit their proposals (3-5 pages) to the Editors on or before 15th April 2019.
  • Editorial decisions on these proposals will be given by 15th May 2019.
  • The deadline for full chapters is 15th September 2019.
  • The final deadline for revised chapters is 15th November 2019.

Potential contributors are encouraged to contact the editors, with any questions about their proposed chapters (Gabriele Jacobs:; Ilona Suojanen:; Kate Horton;; P. Saskia Bayerl: ).



Professor Gabriele Jacobs is Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Culture and Academic Director of CESAM (Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management) at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands. She derives her academic passion and inspiration from the collaboration and dialogue with inter-disciplinary academics and multi-sector practitioners, aiming to address core societal challenges to facilitate sustainable and innovative solutions. Her research interests lie in understanding the (organisational) impact of cultural factors, organisational justice and organisational identity. She publishes in a wide range of academic journals in organizational behaviour, marketing and management as well as in journals and books with an applied focus in the field of safety and security. She is involved in several national and EU-projects in the field of safety and security.

Dr Ilona Suojanen works as a post-doctoral researcher at CESAM. She holds master degrees in journalism and educational sciences from universities in Finland and Australia and a Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research interests lie in happiness and in visualising it, with a special focus on the impact of public safety on people’s wellbeing. She has written book chapters on happiness education and visualising happiness. She has received wide media interest in Finnish media, including the largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat and the Finnish equivalent of the Economist, Kauppalehti on her work as a happyologist. Her passion is to ask relevant questions, find answers to them and then share her findings with wider audiences.

Dr Kate Horton is a Research Associate at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. In CESAM she is responsible for the research stream on ‘Identity’ which investigates how police identity and image influence collaboration, behavioural outcomes and stakeholder relations. Kate’s main research interests include workplace identities and identification, conflict and organizational change. She has published her research in a range of journals including Journal of Organizational Behavior, Social Issues and Policy Review and Human Relations.

P. Saskia Bayerl is Professor of Digital Communication and Security at CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence for Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research), Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, organisational communication, and organisational change with a special focus on ICT innovations, privacy, and the management of transparency. She holds master degrees in psychology, linguistics and organizational dynamics from universities in Germany and the USA and a Ph.D. from Technical University in Delft, Netherlands. Her publications have appeared in international journals such as Communications of the ACM, MIS Quarterly and New Media and Society. She has further co-edited books on topics such as Open Source Intelligence, Application of Big Data for National Security and Community Policing.


The International Security Management Knowledge Alliance (ISM-KA) aims at creating sustainable and concrete resources and structures to foster international security collaborations. Deliverables of ISM-KA will be a Horizon Scanning Tool for security threats/development, an exchange/knowledge platform for public and private security experts (Security Multilogue Platform) and the creation of a multi-disciplinary, sectoral based accredited Master Programme, including security issues related MOOC’s for an outreach to the wider public. Guiding principles are multi-stakeholder involvement, evidence-based management, co-creation, international perspective and policy-practice alignment. The main purpose is to establish an international learning, teaching and knowledge-sharing environment, which contributes to the development and professionalization of leadership, innovation and operational proficiency in the field of international safety and security.


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