Political Science

Political science research at the Swedish Defence University focuses on security policy/security studies, crisis management and international coordination.

Scholars within security studies

Malena Britz, Kjell Engelbrekt, Linus Hagström, Maria Hellman, Ronnie Hjorth, Arita Holmberg, Tom Lundborg and Charlotte Wagnsson among others have contributed substantially to theorizing in a number of areas within the field of security studies. They focus on – among other – great power diplomacy, security governance, global ethics and issues pertaining to responsibility in the security realm, the legitimacy of security agencies including the relationship between the state and the armed forces, strategic communication, collective identities, norms, narratives and discourses in the security sphere. The scholars treat the regional and global security order and the interaction among central security actors in North America, East Asia and Europe, including the UN, NATO and the EU.

Scholars at the research center Crismart

Eric Stern, Bengt Sundelius, Fredrik Bynander, Eva-Karin Olsson, Dan Hansén, Edward Deverell, Pär Daléus among others – focus on crisis management and international coordination and have established this research area in a European context. The main idea is that the analysis of a crisis situation requires a broader focus on democratic leadership and the utilization of research within communication, social psychology, social anthropology, economics, strategy, leadership and organization.

The programme for European security research EUROSEC

The programme is led by Magnus Ekengren examines the new role that the European Union (EU) plays for safety and security. A range of additional political scientists perform research in adjacent areas at other departments of the Swedish Defence University.