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Tobias Liebetrau

Tobias Liebetrau

PhD fellow

I mit PhD-projektet undersøger jeg afdækker jeg, hvad cybersikkerhed er og hvordan det praktiseres. Jeg har et særligt fokus på, hvad EU's rolle er og hvad EU gør på cybersikkerhedsområdet, herunder hvordan cybersikkerhed og beskyttelse af kritisk infrastruktur smelter sammen. Til grund for min undersøgelse er dokumentstudier og interviews med EU-embedsmænd, danske embedsmænd og repræsentanter for brancheorganisationer og private virksomheder. Teoretisk tager mit projekt udgangspunkt i kritiske sikkerhedsstudier, men er også inspireret af begrebshistorie, sociologi og videnskabs- og teknologistudier.

Within the last decade developments in EU institutions, policies and practices have conjured up a new security governance space within the EU, namely cybersecurity or network and information security. The first goal of this thesis is to explore the historical trajectory of this security governance space through archival studies.  Hence, I examine and map how  infrastructure  and ICT have been problematized and treated as something critical, something in need of protection, and something to be secured within EU governance. Second, I map out how these new sets of actors, relations, rules and practices encompass and co-constitute the EU cyber security governance space.  I do this via scrutinizing the practices of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and by diving into the recent negotiations and adoption of the Network and Information Security Directive (NIS-directive). The first ever EU legislation on cyber security.

Theoretically, I work with the concept of cyber security within security studies an reflect upon resilience as a security strategy designed for a world that is perceived of as being increasingly complex, interwoven, transformative, fluid and uncertain. I´m inspired by a diverse field of research ranging from critical security studies, over conceptual history/genealogy and Science and technology Studies (STS). 



Associate Professor Karen Lund Petersen


Primary fields of research

Cybersikkerhed, informationssikkerhed, sikkerhedspolitik, kritiske sikkerhedsstudier, international politik, overvågning, teknologi, infrastruktur, internet, informations- og kommunikationsteknologi  og videnskabs- og teknologistudier, den fjerde industrielle revolution, fremtidens arbejdsmarked

Cyber security, information security, cyberspace, EU and DK cyber security governance and policy, critical security studies, international relations, surveillance, technology, information and communication technology, risk management, resilience, Science and Technology Studies (STS)


Funding and affiliation

My research activities are funded by the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. 

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