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Spotlight on research

Are you curious about how research affects your day-to-day life? Or perhaps you want to know more about our research and how it can contribute to a safer society?

Our researchers study military and civilian aspects of defense, crisis management and security. The research covers security policy, crisis management and leadership under stressful conditions, as well as warfare, defense and military operations.

Theme: The war in Ukraine

Here you find a collection of articles and seminars with focus on Russian warfare, before and during Russias unprovoked and illegal invasion into Ukraine.

How does narrative-based influence operations work?

Influence operations can be effective even when the disseminated message is not logical or consistent with the recipient's previous experience. This is the finding of a new study examining p...

"We need leaders who see and care about us"

Leaders are tested in times of crisis. A prime example is Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose leadership style has drawn widespread praise. "He has a transformational leadership...

Focus on the concept of deterrence

In his thesis Deterrence Games for the 21st Century: Representation, Theory and Evidence , Karl Sörenson takes a closer look at the concept of deterrence and examines the kind of knowledge...

Next generation warfare from a Swedish perspective

Alastair Finlan, professor of War Studies at the Swedish Defence University, is currently conducting a study into the nature of future warfare, from a Swedish standpoint. His primary focus i...

Japanese women's views on safety

In a study published in the Social Science Japan Journal , researchers from the Swedish Defence University investigate how women in three Japanese interest groups view security and securit...

Difficult start in professional life for new officers

In a study published in the journal Armed Forces and Society, researchers at the Swedish Defence University investigate how newly graduated officers and specialist officers experience joinin...

Narcissism theory contributes to the understanding of great powers

Can great power politics be understood with the help of ideas taken from research on narcissism and narrative psychology? Linus Hagström is of this opinion, and in a recent article defines f...

Resilience and disaster risk reduction

In a new book - Resilience in the Pacific and the Caribbean: the Local Construction of Disaster Risk Reduction – Simon Hollis examines why international development projects on disaster risk...

”This opens the scope for questioning and rethinking”

Claudia Baisini’s PhD thesis in Philosophy explores the relation between language, observation and understanding, which in turn influences action. “I examine what we do when we talk of a ph...

The art of imagining the consequences of creeping crisis

The book Understanding the Creeping Crisis explores different forms of the creeping crisis phenomenon, with recent examples from, among others, the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. "W...

Men and women view security differently

Women tend to link security issues like terrorism, military power and crime to personal safety whereas men to a greater degree link security to threats to the state and society. Concurrently...

Research on managers who do damage

Managers’ destructive leadership behaviour leaves significantly deeper traces in people than good leadership. Nonetheless, management research has long focused on the positive. But now, Mari...

In Russian media Sweden is depicted most negatively of all the Scandinavian countries

There are great differences in how the Russian news organisation Sputnik depicts the Scandinavian countries.

How can compliance with the law of armed conflict be improved?

In a recently published article in the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Jann Kleffner takes the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions as the starting point to examine one of...

The role of crisis communicators

The status and professional role of crisis communicators improves with experience of real crises and close cooperation with blue light organisations, such as the police and rescue services....