lobal environmental change, technological innovation, economic globalization, and the spread of democracy have dramatically transformed the security landscape. While the incidence of war has declined, other, unconventional threats have moved onto the agenda, such as climate change, cybercrime and complex disasters. These threats to human security and national security have become as important as the traditional threat of war. Security today depends as much on investments into promoting sustainability, alleviating poverty and facilitating cooperation as into intelligence and defense.
The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) was established in 2003 at the University of California, Irvine. Its Unconventional Security Research Group studies and develops solutions to unconventional security challenges through interdisciplinary field research. CUSA’s Transformational Media Lab explores the use of media in communicating these challenges and moving people from concern to action. The eARTh Studio provides a platform for artists who create art informed by these issues. CUSA also focuses on supporting leaders in the business, government and non-profit communities who are trying to address these challenges, and on educating the next generation of leaders by integrating students into all aspects of the Center’s activities.
The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs serves as the hub of a global network of academics and practitioners that study and develop solutions to human and environmental security challenges. Through basic, translational and applied research, we leverage emerging technologies to better understand and meet the most urgent needs of current and future generations. Our innovative education and learning programs inspire, train and develop future leaders and entrepreneurs to further this work throughout their lifetimes.
Innovation: We encourage innovation through critical thinking, research, and teaching and are committed to seeking new ways to create knowledge and solve problems for a better future.
Sustainability: The potential of tomorrow is based on the decisions of today. True sustainability requires incorporating environmental, economic, and social considerations into analyses, programs, and policies.
Diversity: Diversity of people, ideas, and approaches ensure both an inclusive work environment as well as one that provides a fertile ground for new ideas and solutions.
Collaboration: Collaborating across disciplines and institutions maximizes the breadth of our analyses; collaborating across sectors ensures that solutions can be immediately in the real world to affect change.
Entrepreneurship: An entrepreneurial approach leverages new ideas into social and/or economic value and can be found in any sector. We strive for it in our research; we embrace it in our students.
Stewardship: We practice and apply stewardship to not only the environment but also in economics, health, technology, and education. We take responsibility for what we use and how we use it.