The dividing lines between domestic and international security, police and defence, diplomacy and development, and federal and cantonal security actors are increasingly blurred. As a result, also professional careers and fields of work become strongly intertwined. This collaborative research project between the CSS and the University of Geneva, co-funded by the SNSF, draws on primary data of Swiss security professionals to analyse this ongoing reconfiguration of the Swiss security landscape.
The rise of complex, multidimensional and transnational dangers has important effects on the institutional landscape of the Swiss security sector. Along multiple dimensions – between federal and cantonal entities, between domestic and international actors, but also between the public and the private sector more generally – it empowers new or more intense forms of cooperation. This research focus investigates this ongoing reconfiguration of professional security work. It explores the extent to which it integrates previously distinct security professions, and investigates its effects on individuals’ professional career in the security field.
Main partners: University of Geneva, Military Academy Birmensdorf, Swiss National Science Foundation.