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Political Science: Security Studies and Strategy

The SEDU research in political science with a focus on security policy and strategy focuses on, among other things, great power rivalry, global ethics and narrative communication and power. But also the relationship between states and armed forces, strategic influence, collective identities and discourses in the security sphere.

Main empirical focus is North America, Russia, East-Asia, Europe and the Baltic-Artic region and Scandinavia.

Great power rivalry and small states in the Baltic-Arctic region: Economic, political and military perspectives

This research examines the grand strategy of great powers and its implications for the Baltic-Arctic region, where small states oppose or align with major powers in terms of trade, energy and industrial policy, alongside political affinities and collaboration in the realm of security and defence. The aim is to identify incentive structures and policy options available to relevant actors and institutions.

Narrative Communication and Strategic Influence

This research explores narrative communication and collective identity formation in the sphere of security, asking questions such as: What makes a strategic narrative likely to persuade? Are certain individuals or groups particularly receptive to narrative communication? Is it possible to build societal resilience with regards to illegitimate narratives that include deception and disinformation? Main empirical focus is Russia, the US and Europe.

Narrative Power in East Asian International Politics

This line of research addresses the question of how narratives exercise power in East Asian international politics. It does so by analysing how collective identities are negotiated, reproduced and challenged, how ontologies are securitised and de-securitised, how narratives intertwine with discipline and violence, and how counter-narratives may be launched and binaries contested. Main empirical focus is Japanese security policy, Sino-Japanese relations and the Korean nuclear issue.

Normative transformation processes and the military

How do developments in societal values and norms challenge military organisations? The purpose of our research to gain a deeper understanding of organisational resistance towards normative transformation processes such as gender equality and environmental sustainability and how this links to individual resistance within a military organization and its surroundings. The results contribute to new perspectives on the problems facing political governance of the military in the field of norms and values, and to new perspectives on the legitimacy of military organizations.

Children, security and the climate crisis

In a series of articles, the relationship between children, security and climate is explored, and speeches by Greta Thunberg is allowed to represent children as a group. The climate-related protests of children during 2018-2019 are interpreted as a new form of agency and resistance, which have not previously been acknowledged in the literature on children as agents. Another take is to problematize children’s vulnerability in relation to the climate crisis through the concept of precarity. Finally, Greta Thunberg as an actor are theorized, focusing on politics, security, sustainability leadership and moral agency.

Researchers

Professors

Associate professors

Malena Britz

Directorate, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of Research

Malena.Britz@fhs.se +46 8-55342716

Maria Hellman

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer

Maria.Hellman@fhs.se +46 8-55342513

Arita Holmberg

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer

arita.holmberg@fhs.se +46 8-55342747

Tom Lundborg

Director of studies, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer

Tom.Lundborg@fhs.se +46 8-55342793

Doctoral students

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