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The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) with the International Affairs and National Security Hub have published an Area of Research Interest (ARI) on ‘Economic Security’. The ARI will support the JCNSS inquiry on ‘Economic Security’, which is currently accepting formal written evidence (until 5 January 2024) and will begin taking oral evidence in January/February. The ARI helps the committee extend its knowledge base, obtain more specific information, and engage with new voices. Respondents may be invited to provide formal evidence for inclusion in the committee report.

The ARI also seeks to build a repository of experts and information on ‘Economic Security’ for the International Affairs and National Security Hub, which supports work across Parliament’s committees and libraries. Future work on this important issue will likely include further committee inquiries as well as briefings and other papers.

The ARI solicits information and recommendations on specific issue areas within the broader topic which include but are not limited to: risks to UK economic security, critical national infrastructure, trade-offs between economic security and growth, economic sanctions and deterrence, supply chain diversification and security, and economic security policy misalignments with key allies.

Academics at all career stages, research institutions, and experts are encouraged to share their research and insights, highlight any evidence gaps and how these could be addressed, and suggest scrutiny themes and questions the Committee should be asking the Government.

Those who respond to the ARI survey will be entered onto a database of experts who may be contacted by parliamentary staff in order to help them scrutinise the Government in this area of interest. There is no need to contact Committee staff directly, as they have access to all information you enter on the database.

Register your expertise and research insights on economic security by completing this form.

Further information

Joint Committee on National Security Strategy

The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy scrutinises the structures for Government decision-making on national security, particularly the role of the National Security Council and the National Security Adviser. The Committee comprises 10 Members of the House of Lords and up to 12 Members of the House of Commons.

Find out more about this Committee.

International Affairs and National Security Hub

The International Affairs and National Security Hub aims to ensure that MPs have access to the expertise they need for effective scrutiny, now and in the future. As such, the hub supports evidence gathering, policy knowledge and career development for all those working on international affairs and national security in support of Members, whether in Committees or in the Chamber.

What are Areas of Research Interest?

Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) are lists of policy issues or questions. They are a way for an organisation to express interest in seeing more research evidence in certain topics.​

How can researchers share their insights on ARIs?

If you have evidence or insights on the ARIs (including evidence reviews), you can add information about the research and your contact details to the repository of research relevant to the ARIs. Parliamentary staff can then search the repository for relevant research and contacts.​

How does Parliament use ARIs?

An inquiry into the effectiveness and influence of the Select Committee system by the 2017–19 House of Commons Liaison Committee made several recommendations on how to improve the use of research evidence in select committees. One recommendation was for committees to develop and publish Areas of Research Interest (ARIs). The 2017-19 House of Lords Liaison Committee also recommended that committees horizon scan, deal with emerging themes, map stakeholders and continue innovative ways to collect evidence. The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is developing ARIs with committees to support parliamentary scrutiny. ​

ARIs do not comprise full lists of all areas in which Parliament may be interested in research evidence in the future. Parliamentary priorities are driven by Members of both Houses responding to current affairs. In particular, as committees issue calls for evidence based on their current priorities, ARIs complement rather than replace these calls for evidence. ARIs may be used by parliamentarians and by parliamentary staff in POST, the Libraries and committee teams to scope and/or inform future work.​

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

POST produces impartial, non-partisan, and peer-reviewed briefings, designed to make scientific research accessible to the UK Parliament. Beyond that, POST organises parliamentary horizon scanning activities and facilitates knowledge exchange between UK Parliament and research communities.


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