The following projects are located at the CSS. Some of them are funded by the German government's "Research for Civil Security" program. Detailed information on the program can be found here. Other security research projects in Freiburg that are not supervised by the CSS can be found here.


Freiburg RESIST – “Safely living“ in Freiburg

FreiburgRESIST is a transdisciplinary project that improves existing security measures and develops a resilience management system for safe large-scale events.

Duration: October 2023 – September 2027
Project management: PD Dr. Elisa Orrù
Academic Partners: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann (Sociology), PD Dr. Elisa Orrù (Ethics), Prof. Dr. Alexander Stolz (Resilience Engineering)
Sponsor: Federal Ministry for Education and Research of Germany




VIGILANT - Vital Intelligence to investigate illegal Disinformation

In the European collaborative project "VIGILANT" (Vital IntelliGence to Investigate ILlegAl DisiNformaTion), a platform of integrated tools is developed in cooperation with police authorities for detecting disinformation from all major online sources and in different languages. The goal is to equip European Police Authorities with advanced technologies to detect and analyze disinformation which leads to criminal activities.

Duration: 01.11.2022 – 30.10.2025
Project management: PD Dr. Elisa Orrù
Scientific Assistance: Zlatko Valentic
Support: EU Horizon Europe


InGe - Instrument for situational description of  the experience of violence in the public sector

The aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive situation report tool for recording and evaluating the experience of violence by employees in the public sector. With the help of this tool, gaps in the previous empirical recording of incidences of violence should be closed and a continuous, comprehensive monitoring of physical and psychological experiences of violence should become possible.

Duration: 01.10.2022 until 01.10.2024
Project management: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann
Scientific Assistance: Markus Jenki, Laura Thurmann


LegiNot is a joint research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its main objective is to analyse the interdependencies between different aspects of legitimacy and legitimation in the course of a large-scale emergency situation. This includes mutual relations between juridical and institutional demands, societal and regulatory expectations and ethical (external) criteria of legitimacy.

Duration: 01.03.2022 until 28.02.2025
Project management: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann
Scientific Assistance: Tjorven Harmsen; André Biermann


The aim of the DEFERM project is to analyse and improve processes and measures in the event of accidental or deliberate contamination with unknown biological hazardous substances. Since the threat posed by pathogenic microorganisms can have a cross-border character, cooperation is taking place between German and French authorities and scientists.

Duration: 01.04.2021 - 31.03.2024
Project management: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann
Support: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

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The collaborative European project "INDIGO - Information in the EU`s Digitised Governance" addresses fundamental issues of digitization in the European Union. The Freiburg sub-project ist focusing on e-governance of the Single European Market.

Duration: 01.11.2020 - 31.10.2023
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Jens-Schneider
Support: AEI (Agencia Estatal de Investigación), AKA (Academey of Finland), DFG and FNR (Fonds National de la Recherche)
Scientific Assistance: Franka Enderlein, Kester Siegrist

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The project examines the transformation of the German police, especially with regard to their personnel and training policy since 1990.

Duration: 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2023
Scientific disciplines involved: Sociology, Law, Communication Sciences
Cooperation partner: German Police University (DHPol)
Support: Stiftung Mercator

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The aim of the project is to create an active Pan-European network of practitioners, decision and policy makers in the medical and security fields.

Duration: 01.06.2018 - 31.05.2023
Lead for the University of Freiburg contribution: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, Nils Ellebrecht
Support: EU Horizon 2020

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