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About NordSTEVA

NordSTEVA was established in September 2014, and will last until the end of 2019. As of January 1st 2016 the scientific and administrative coordination of the project has been transferred to the partner in Copenhagen, CAST. 

​NordSTEVA receives its funding from NordForsk, which was established by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2005. NordForsk provides funding for Nordic research co-operation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy development.

NordSTEVA is funded through NordForsk's multidisciplinary Nordic Societal Security research programme, which aims to develop new knowledge about issues that must be addressed to safeguard societal security in the Nordic countries and about how to promote recovery in the wake of a disturbance. Security comprises the ability of a society to sustain vital societal functions and secure populations’ life, health, needs and basic values under extraordinary stresses, known as crises. The programme addresses questions of vulnerabilities, resilience and capabilities for crisis management related to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The research funded by the programme should add value to work already done in the Nordic countries within Societal Security.

The specific objective of NordSTEVA is to advance research, education and training, industrial strategy and public policy in support of a wider and deeper understanding of the security technology/values interface. The Centre will draw together and integrate diverse ideas, capabilities and experiences in order to generate new knowledge, approaches, and solutions in support of the enhancement of Nordic Societal Security.

The primary objective of the centre is to organize and carry out problem-based analysis, social science research, technological development and public policy in support of Nordic societal security. To fully achieve this goal, the centre will pursue three secondary objectives:

  • O1: To create a Nordic hub for research, documentation and technological development in the area of societal security;
  • O2: To foster the growth of excellence in research on technology and values on a global scale;
  • O3: To promote long-term education and capacity-building in societal security research and policy at the meeting place of technological innovation and value-based inquiry

Research Groups

NordSTEVA's five research groups are:

RG1: Law and Ethics

Law and Ethics addresses some of the moral and legal questions arising in the current security landscape. The interests of the affiliated researcher cover issues such as privacy and data protection, accountability of and public trust in intelligence services and other ethical dimensions of security policies. Coordinated by Centre for Advanced Security
Theory (CAST)

RG2: Digital Matters (ICT)

Digital Matters focuses on the construction and influence of the socio-technical assemblages in security environments. Taking sociological and philosophical perspectives as a vantage point, the group aims to contribute to theoretical debates on the growing role of the digital and technology on the making of security. Coordinated by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

RG3: Politics of Security

Politics of Security's overall aim is to understand and grasp how the relation-ship of authority between different societal actors and political systems are reconfigured in and by the use of security technologies. Research will question both the relations be-tween Nordic political systems and citizens, and the political choices concerning the use of technologies by diverse societal groups. Coordinated by Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST)

RG4: Risk Governance

Risk Governance will focus on the changing landscape of values and technologies in the provision of security, and the related shift of power balances in the Nordic region and abroad. Paying special attention to technologies for risk governance, research will inves-tigate questions different forms of governance in relation to societal security and values. Coordinated by Centre for Risk Management and Societal Safety (SEROS) and Lund University (LUCRAM)

RG5: Institutions

Institutions will analyse the capacity of new and renewed national institutions address societal security challenges. It will also study how existing security institutions do not become impediments to security and to societal values. The focus will be on how institutional design is able to integrate security technologies, and how this can affect the whole of society. Coordinated by Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies (SIS)

Transversal Activities

Coordinated by Tampere University