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Private Security in the EU: Human Resources

1. Name of the line of doctoral research

Private Security in the EU:
Human Resources

2. UNESCO codes related to the research line
FIELDSUBFIELD
3300: Technological Sciences99: Engineering of industrial organization
5300: Economics11: Business Organization
5500: History96: History of the professions
5600: Legal Sciences and Law05: Legislation and national laws
5900: Political Sciences06: Public Services
6100: Psychology06: Industrial Psychology
6300: Sociology06: Labor Sociology

3. Recommended admission requirements for candidates

Candidates are interested in research on private security services. Applicants are trained in the branches of Social and Legal Sciences, familiar with any of the dimensions of security. Candidates must have a B2 linguistic competence in Catalan, Spanish or English and availability in accordance with the requirements of the doctoral regime of the European Higher Education Area. Lastly, prospects preferably have a link with an entity that motivates and justifies their application.

4. Chair

Fiter i Rossell Chair of Legal and Political Sciences

5. Leading Centre

Laurèdia University Institute for Security Studies

6. Main Coordinator

Dr. Lluís G. Jiménez

7. Object of Study

This line of doctoral research studies the group of people who provide their labor or professional services in private organizations dedicated to security within the European Union, to which the Principality of Andorra is added due to territorial and human ties.

8. Hypothesis

The line of research proposes, as a general hypothesis, to demonstrate that different models and systems of waste management have different levels of effectiveness and efficiency, which, at the same time, also generate different results, and that these differences are associated with the legal and socio-political, economic or technological conditions of each territory.

9. Length

3 years

10. Analytical model

In this line, doctoral research must necessarily assume the following analytical structure in their Doctoral Research Plan:

  • Introduction
  1. Justification of the research.
  2. Presentation of the doctoral research case.
  3. Formulation of the general hypothesis and the specific ones.
  • First part
  1. Conceptualization of the provision of private security services and its agents as an object of scientific analysis.
  2. Theoretical approaches and perspectives applied to the study of the provision of private security services and its agents as an object of scientific analysis.
  3. Methodology and techniques for the scientific analysis of the provision of private security services and its agents as the object of scientific analysis.
  4. General and specialized documentary and bibliographic sources for the study of the provision of private security services and their agents as an object of scientific analysis.
  • Second part
  1. Diachronic descriptive analysis of the legal regulatory regime of personnel at the service of private security companies of the European state to which the organization that is the object of the doctoral research case belongs.
  2. Diachronic descriptive analysis of the private security company object of the doctoral research case.
  3. Empirical analysis of the personnel at the service of the private security company object of the doctoral research case.
  • Third part
  1. Conclusive analysis on the level of effectiveness and efficiency of the personnel at the service of the private security company object of the doctoral research case.
  2. Comparative analysis on the level of effectiveness and efficiency of the personnel at the service of the private security company object of the doctoral research case in relation to other companies studied by the line of doctoral research.
  3. Comparative analysis of the results obtained on the personnel at the service of the private security company object of the doctoral research case in relation to the whole of Europe.
  • Fourth part
  1. General and specialized bibliographic sources used in the research.
  2. Specific documentary sources used in the investigation.
11. Options of doctoral research

Initially, candidates admitted to this line of doctoral research may choose one of the following options as a case study:

  1. PROSEGUR (Spain)
  2. ESEGUR (Portugal)
  3. FIDUCIAL (France)
  4. SECURITY PLUS (Ireland)
  5. ARILICA SECURITY SERVICE (Italy)
  6. SECURITAS AB (Sweden)
  7. VSU WACHDIENST RHEIN-RUHR GMBH (Germany)
  8. BE CLOSE PROTECTION INTERNATIONAL (Belgium)
  9. WEISZ SECURITY (Netherlands)

Study cases are going to be assigned to doctoral students by strict order of admission date and taking into account the interest or the accredited link with one or another option..

12. Specialized training

In accordance with the Doctoral Program guidelines, the doctoral research line organizes the corresponding training activity, which the doctoral students must carry out online during the first year of the program.

This specialized training allows doctoral students to gain prior knowledge of all the necessary theoretical and methodological elements to carry out their research. It is structured in seven units:

  1. Construction of the object of study.
  2. Theoretical approaches to the object of study.
  3. Research methodology and techniques.
  4. Sources of information and documentation for the investigation.
  5. Research hypothesis.
  6. Context and scope of the investigation.
  7. Structure of the investigation.
13. Scientific calls and activities

The Coordination of the line of doctoral research annually convenes a Scientific Conference to present and debate on the theoretical and methodological issues that affect the object of study of the line. These conferences are open to all doctoral students and researchers working in the same scientific field, who are invited to share their findings and engage in debates

Likewise, at the end of the second year of the program, doctoral students can attend public events carried out by other doctoral students, which are also convened by the Coordination of the Doctoral Program.

Doctoral students can participate in public events organized by the J. H. Newman Doctoral School, such as presentations of publications or projects, conferences and debates, etc.

In addition, the Coordination of the research line informs the doctoral students of the calls that other scientific and academic entities carry out about the object of study or related fields, so that they are aware of them and can present, if appropriate, works carried out during their doctoral research.

14. Scientific Publications

The Coordination of the research line is going to provide doctoral students with a list of specialized publications and papers, to which they have to direct their proposals in order to publish their doctoral research.

15. Languages

Català / English / Español

16. Additional information

Contact details: lrd.07.psp@euniv.eu

PhD regulations: https://euniv.eu/universitat/normativa/