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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 researchers cover issues such as privacy and data protection, accountability of and public trust in intelligence services and other ethical dimensions of security policies. The groups general design is to study how security technologies and legal and social norms interact with and influence each other by formulating clear and analytically sound philosophical questions and striving to answer them. The method is like much philosophical method, interpretive and contextual, reviewing text and discourse in the aim of clarifying its premises and consequences.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. The group aims to address how digital technologies in the security domaine affect society and politics. This implies a multi-disciplinary exploration of technologies like surveillance cameras, biometrics, blockchain, cloud technology and algorithms in concrete settings that relate to societal security in the Nordic countries. The group is theoretically oriented, but also draws on qualitaeve interviews, document analysis and analysis of digital technology, like YouTube algorithms. 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 relationship 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 between Nordic political systems and citizens, and the political choices concerning the use of technologies by diverse societal groups. It primarily uses constructivist methods, textual analysis and qualitative interviewing. 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.  Designed as a survey of existing approaches, the the work will adopt qualitative and quantitative methods. 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. It is conducted using empirical data-gathering methods, including inventories of EU activities in early warning, for example, and, case studies using text analysis and interviews. It is also theoretically guided, drawing on more traditional positivist-theories like neofunctionalism as well as those in critical security studies. Coordinated by Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies (SIS).

RG6: Policing and Resilience
Policng and Resiliance studies Nordic and other policing regimes, prevention, capacity building and other strategies and practices of enhancing individual, organisational and societal resilience at various levels of governance. Methodologies include policy analysis and realistic evaluation. Coordinated by Tampere University.