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Malena Britz

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of Research, Directorate

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Malena Britz holds a PhD from Stockholm University (2004) and is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Swedish Defence University, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Research.

In her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor Malena Britz has worked with several aspects of organizational development of the Swedish Defence University. In particular, she has led the reorganization of the university in 2021/2022 and worked with the development of the quality assurance system of both education and research. An ongoing task is the development of the organization’s work with various aspects of open science, such as open access, open data, and ethical review of research. Her role as head of research includes among other tasks communication with the Swedish Armed Forces on commissioned research.

Her areas of research include different aspects of European security policy, Europeanisation, and Nordic co-operation. She has studied different aspects of security policy from defence industry policy, development of EU security and defence, European states' participation in international operations, as well as international aspects of civil protection.

- In my latest larger research project we studied decision-making in six European countries with regard to participation in international military operations, answering the question why do European countries participate in international military operations? The project resulted in the book European Participation in International Operations: The Role of Strategic Culture (Palgrave Macmillan).

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