Who we are
Rethinking Security is a network of UK-based organisations, academics and activists. We work for a just and peaceful world, based on approaches that address the underlying causes of conflict and insecurity. We have a shared concern that the current approach to national security in the UK and beyond often hampers efforts for peace, justice and ecological sustainability. We are committed to building a much richer understanding of what security really means, and of what is required to build sustainable security.
If you would like to be involved in efforts to build a new approach to peace and security, based on justice, cooperation and sustainability, we invite you to get involved by becoming an organisational affiliate or an individual supporter.
We are delighted that the following organisations are part of our network as members:
Campaign Against Arms Trade, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Conciliation Resources, Forces Watch, International Alert, Medact, Movement for the Abolition of War, Northern Friends Peace Board, Peace Direct, Quaker Peace And Social Witness, Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, Saferworld, Scientists for Global Responsibility, United Nations Association – UK, War on Want.
Our work also benefits substantially from the active participation of academics from the universities of Bradford, Coventry, Kent, LSE, Oxford Brookes and York.
Rethinking Security was formerly known as the Ammerdown Group, taking its name from the Ammerdown Centre, where the network has met to review and plan its work.
How we work
The Rethinking Security Council is responsible for developing the overall vision and strategy of our work. The Steering Group, which is drawn from the Council, is responsible for overseeing operational decisions based on the strategy. The Coordinator is responsible for coordinating day-to-day activities. Rethinking Security is grateful to Saferworld for acting as the organisational host.
Council members: Reem Abu-Hayyeh, Philip Austin, Kirsten Bayes, Ivan Campbell, Paul Clifford, Ben Donaldson, Kit Dorey, Teresa Dumasy, Simon Fisher, David Forbes, Diana Francis, Joanna Frew, David Gee, Kate Hudson, Gill Hurle, Daniel Jakopovich, Judith Large, Mark Nowottny, Eleanor O’Connell, Rob Parker, Stuart Parkinson, Richard Reeve, Andrew Rigby, Lucy Roberts, Paul Rogers, Patricia Sellick, Luke Starr.
Steering Group members: Kirsten Bayes, Teresa Dumasy, Joanna Frew, Rob Parker, Richard Reeve, Paul Rogers.
Coordinator: Richard Reeve
Outreach Coordinator: Joanna Frew
We are grateful to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Marmot Charitable Trust, the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation, the Network for Social Change and the WF Southall Trust for their generous support of our work.