PhD funded projects – University of Copenhagen

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PhD Funded Projects

On-going CAST research projects with PhD funding.


EU cybersecurity governance and critical information infrastructure protection
Tobias Liebetrau 
Empirically this PhD-project is focused on EU cybersecurity governance and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP). It sets out to explore how resilience emerged and developed as security strategy within EU cybersecurity and CIIP policies and agencies.  Further, it investigates the (changing) expressions and notions of public-private organizing and (in)security that contemporary resilience representations and practices carry with it.

Also, the project addresses the academic resilience debate within IR and security studies. The aim is to theoretically reflect upon resilience as a security strategy designed for a world that is perceived of as being increasingly complex, interwoven, transformative, fluid and uncertain. Thereby, scrutinizing whether and how ‘traditional IR-distinctions and concepts’ are reconfigured through discourses, practices and technologies of resilience. And to what effect.


Political Risk in Question
Kitt Plinia Nielsen 
This PhD project revolves around political risk and it seeks to disclose how conceptualizations and practices of such risks affect corporate approaches to politics and the political. The project focusses on the interrogative aspects (the question-asking) of political risk processes and takes critical issue with the (political) knowledge production inherent in contemporary political risk management.

By means of Searlean theorizing of indirect speech acts, Koselleckian conceptual history and case studies of corporate actors engaging with political risk, the project introduces a critical understanding of the (non)knowledge inherent in political risk processes, unravels conceptual short-circuits in the existing research base, and maps question-asking in relation to political risk in practice.

The working title of the project is 'Political Risk in Question' and it is being supervised by Associate Professor Karen Lund Petersen.