The centre is based on the collaboration and joining together of a number of research groups with parallel teaching and research interests. Today the centre consists of research groups from three departments at UiS and two departments at IRIS. These are the Department of Health studies, Department of Media, Culture and Social Sciences and the Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning at the UiS and the Department for Social Science and Business Development and the Department for Energy at IRIS.
The centres activities have strong links to the interdisciplinary PhD program in Risk Management and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger, which is run by SEROS staff.
In addition to the centres commitment to research, the dissemination of ideas, theories and methods through tailor-made teaching programmes, as well as a number of related masters, are an important part in the centres activity portfolio.