Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA)
NordSTEVA is a virtual centre of excellence whose aim 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. 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 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 group 1: 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.
Research group 2: 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.
Research group 3: 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.
Research group 4: 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.
Research group 5: 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.
RG6: Policing and Resilience
Policing 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.
The NordSTEVA Final Conference took place in Copenhagen on the 28th and 29th of November 2019.
The conference dealt with how security technologies sustain, bolster or challenge core Nordic values and political structures.
Nordic Centre for Security Technologies and Societal Values
c/o Professor Karen Lund Petersen
Centre for Advanced Security Theory
Department of Political Science
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5
DK-1353 Copenhagen K
|Name||Title||Work location||Research field|
|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|
NordSTEVA has received funding from NordForsk
PRIO Policy Brief on the Societal and Ethical Impact of Biometrics2020.02.10
NordSTEVA-researcher takes part in Security and Safety Symposium with stakeholders and end-users2019.10.09
Final Conference Programme2019.10.07
NordSteva's Mareile Kaufman investigates the algorithms that lie behind a valg-o-mat/kandidattest2019.09.03