• New Vacancy

    We are seeking a student research assistant to support us with our projects. We have several ongoing projects in which you could work with us and at the same time widen your knowledge of interdisciplinary research and the use of statistical methods in the social sciences. If you are a student and because of the war in Ukraine, you had to leave your university and found refuge in Berlin or Potsdam you are more than welcome to apply.

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  • New Policy Paper

    Illicit trade is often considered in terms of shadowy, small-scale, informal merchants and the costs of such activities, when considered beyond lost profits to intellectual property holders at all, are typically thought of via the lens of national accounting. In this policy paper, the authors consider the effects on the overall economic activity and show that marginal increases in illicit trade are associated with reductions in economic growth, tertiary education enrolment and in research and development spending.

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  • Latest Study

    2021 was not a particularly good year for the IT departments of German local authorities. The best-known and probably most serious cyber incident was the attack on the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district. Until now, however, there has been no governmental, nationwide body that systematically records and analyzes (successful) cyberattacks on local authorities. In the new BIGS Essenz, an attempt is made to shed some light into the black box of cyberattacks on municipal administrations by examining 27 cyberattacks on German municipal administrations in the period from January to December 2021. The publication is only available in German.

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Economics of Security

The economics of security examines the provision of scarce goods and services that contribute to the state of security in a particular place. Security is defined as a function of Threat and Protection, with Security decreasing in the former and increasing in the latter.* This broad definition** encompasses […]

Cyber Security

BIGS is particularly dedicated to the economic and social dimensions within the research field of cyber security. Although cooperation between government, business and science regarding cyber security is improving on the national as well as international level, there is still […]

Capacity Building for the European Security Research

Besides participating in European security research projects itself, BIGS has also developed an expertise in capacity building in the respective field. As a core partner in the supportive action fit4sec for many years, we are involved in partner management of the growing fit4sec-network […]

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) is an independent, non-partisan non-profit institute in Potsdam with the mission of building bridges between theory and practice to improve research in civil security through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. Research at the institute seeks to analyze security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and to supply needed insights into these issues, while at the same time strengthening Germany’s broader security architecture over the long term.

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