Programme on European Security Research

The programme is dedicated to high-quality scholarly research relevant to policymakers in Sweden and beyond. It examines the new broad role that the European Union (EU) is playing for safety and security – at home and abroad.

Building Societal Security in Europe - A roadmap towards enhanced transboundary crisis management capacity

The European Union's security role is expanding. From military and civilian missions abroad to counter-terrorism, health security, food safety and critical infrastructure protection 'at home', European countries now cooperate in a host of new security fields. Cooperation aims to improve authorities' ability to manage crises and protect individuals from harm.

This collaborative project – involving scholars from University of Utrecht, the Swedish Defence University, and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs – takes aim at the EU's role in 'societal security' inside of Europe and in the 'near abroad'. The purpose of the project is to investigate and evaluate the EU's contribution to making Europe safer.

This goal is pursued through three research agendas:

  • The first agenda analyses the EU's institutional effects on cooperation, including how Brussels-based organizations shape the development of crisis management capacities.
  • The second agenda turns its attention to national governments, to evaluate how European common policies effect domestic capacity-building and vice-versa: how national factors constrain or enable cooperation.
  • The third agenda scrutinizes the preconditions for cooperation on new security issues in Europe, including the degree to which common ideals and trust play a facilitating role.

Project outputs include scholarly articles, practitioner-oriented working papers, and empirical reports published under the ACTA Series of the Swedish Defence University. Some publications are produced in collaboration with the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

Project Leaders

  • Magnus Ekengren (Swedish Defence University)
  • Mark Rhinard (Swedish Insitute of International Affairs)
  • Arjen Boin (University of Utrecht)