Three Primary Objectives of TSAS:
To foster communication and collaboration between academic researchers in multiple disciplines
To facilitate the interaction and collaboration of researchers and policy officials
To help cultivate a new and larger generation of scholars interested in these fields of study
The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) was founded in 2012. It supports research, and the dissemination of research, related to the threat of terrorism, security responses to terrorism, and the impact of both terrorism and securitization on Canadian society. The organization has three primary objectives: (1) to foster communication and collaboration between academic researchers in multiple disciplines on these topics; (2) to facilitate the interaction and collaboration of researchers and policy officials; and (3) to help cultivate a new and larger generation of scholars interested in these fields of study. TSAS is focused on developments in Canada, but with our multiple partners in other countries, we also encourage international collaborations. We are seeking to help create a uniquely Canadian response to terrorism and its social consequences.
We support the development of academically excellent and policy relevant research in multiple ways: (1) by directly funding small and major research projects (watch for our calls for proposals); (2) running regular workshops and smaller consultations designed to bring together researchers, security analysts, policy and law enforcement officials; (3) offering a week-long Summer Academy on terrorism and counter-terrorism for graduate students and junior government officials; (4) providing funding support for relevant graduate student research; and (5) keeping our extensive network of research affiliates, and the public, better informed about other relevant publications, news stories, conferences, and funding opportunities, through our web site, newsletters, and tweets.
Led by a consortium of thirteen Canadian Universities, TSAS is funded by a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Contribution Agreement with Public Safety Canada. We are an independent academic organization and neither an arm of the government of Canada nor an advocacy group. We seek to provide a platform for the critical yet balanced discussion of issues related to terrorism, security, and their impact on society, from multiple perspectives.