Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA)
NordSTEVA was a virtual centre of excellence whose aim was 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. From 2014 - 2021, the centre drew together and integrated diverse ideas, capabilities and experiences in order to generate new knowledge, new approaches, and new solutions in support of the enhancement of Nordic societal security
NordSTEVA was established in September 2014, and ran until January 2021. As of January 1st 2016 the scientific and administrative coordination of the project was transferred to the partner in Copenhagen, CAST.
NordSTEVA received 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 was 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 was 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 drew 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 was 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 pursued 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 group 1: Law and Ethics
Law and Ethics addressed 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 was 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 was much like the philosophical method, interpretive and contextual, reviewing text and discourse in the aim of clarifying its premises and consequences.
Research group 2: Digital Matters (ICT)
Digital Matters focused on the construction and influence of the socio-technical assemblages in security environments. The group aimed 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 was theoretically oriented, but also drew on qualitaeve interviews, document analysis and analysis of digital technology, like YouTube algorithms.
Research group 3: Politics of Security
Politics of Security's overall aim was 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 questioned both the relations between Nordic political systems and citizens, and the political choices concerning the use of technologies by diverse societal groups. It primarily used constructivist methods, textual analysis and qualitative interviewing.
Research group 4: Risk Governance
Risk Governance focused 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 investigated questions different forms of governance in relation to societal security and values. Designed as a survey of existing approaches, the the work adopted qualitative and quantitative methods.
Research group 5: Institutions
Institutions analysed the capacity of new and renewed national institutions address societal security challenges. It also studied how existing security institutions do not become impediments to security and to societal values. The focus was on how institutional design is able to integrate security technologies, and how this can affect the whole of society. It was 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 was also theoretically guided, drawing on more traditional positivist-theories like neofunctionalism as well as those in critical security studies.
RG6: Policing and Resilience
Policing and Resiliance studied 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 included policy analysis and realistic evaluation.
The NordSTEVA Final Conference took place in Copenhagen on the 28 and 29 November 2019.
The conference dealt with how security technologies sustain, bolster or challenge core Nordic values and political structures.
|Name||Title||Work location||Research field|
|Karen Lund Petersen||Principal investigator||Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)|
|Bruno Oliveira Martins||Senior researcher||PRIO||RG1: Law and Ethics + RG2: Digital Matters|
|Kira Vrist Rønn||Assistant Professor||CAST/KP||RG1: Law and Ethics|
|Kristoffer Lidén||Senior Researcher||PRIO||RG1: Law and Ethics + RG2: Digital Matters|
|Mareile Kaufmann||Senior Researcher||PRIO||RG1: Law and Ethics + RG2: Digital Matters|
|Peter Burgess||Professor||Geopolitics of Risk||RG1: Law and Ethics|
|Elida K.U. Jacobsen||Senior researcher||PRIO||RG2: Digital Matters|
|Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert||Senior researcher||PRIO||RG2: Digital Matters|
|Nina Boy||Senior researcher||PRIO||RG2: Digital Matters|
|Stine Bergersen||Doctoral researcher||PRIO||RG2: Digital Matters|
|Trine Villumsen Berling||Senior reseacher||CAST||RG3: Politics of Security|
|Grahame Thompson||Emeritus professor||CAST||RG3: Politics of Security|
|Anna Leander||Professor||CAST/CBS||RG3: Politics of Security|
|Kristoffer Christensen||PhD student||CAST||RG3: Politics of Security|
||Post Doc||CAST||RG3: Politics of Security|
|Odd Einar Olsen||Professor||Uni. of Stavanger||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Sissel Haugdal Jore||Associate Professor / Center Leader SEROS||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Claudia Morsut||Post Doc Fellow||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Henrik Tehler||Professor / Director LUCRAM||LUCRAM||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Sindre Høyland||Post Doc Fellow||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Kenneth Pettersen||1. ammanuensis||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Ole Andreas Engen||Professor||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Preben Lindøe||Professor||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Ruth Østgård Skotnes||Associate Professor||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Mette Leonhardsen||PhD Candidate||SEROS||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Peter Månsson||PhD Candidate||LUCRAM||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Henrik Hassel||Associate Professor||LUCRAM||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Fredrik Johnsson||PhD Candidate||LUCRAM||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Lexin Lin||PhD Candidate||LUCRAM||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Per Gustafsson||PhD Candidate||LUCRAM||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Marcus Abrahamsson||Head of office||Lund University||RG4: Risk Governance|
|Mark Rhinard||Professor||SIS||RG5: Institutions|
|Ian Higham||PhD student||SIS||RG5: Institutions|
|Jonatan Stiglund||PhD student||SIS||RG5: Institutions|
|Louise Bengtsson||PhD student||SIS||RG5: Institutions|
|Markus Lyckman||Research Officer||SIS||RG5: Institutions|
|Stefan Borg||Lecturer||SIS||RG5: Institutions|
|Thomas Jonter||Professor, Director||SIS||RG5: Institutions|
|Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen||Postdoc||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience|
|Minna Branders||PhD, Researcher||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience|
|Tapio Juntunen||PhD Student||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience + RG2: Digital Matters|
|Sirpa Virta||Professor||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience|
||Professor||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience|
|Rune Saugmann||Researcher||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience|
|Mikko Räkköläinen||Researcher||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience|
|Johanna Liljeroos-Cork||Researcher||Uni. of Tampere||RG6: Policing and Resilience|