Nina Boy

Senior Researcher

Nina Boy
Nina Boy left PRIO in 2017. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

  • Security studies
  • Global Finance, International Political Economy
  • Sovereignty, sovereign debt, public credit
  • History and theory of pledge, money, value, debt, collateral
  • Financial security, safe assets
  • Digital economy and cashless society
  • Critical theory and post-structuralism, contemporary conditions of critique

My research is based at the intersection of security studies and international political economy, focusing in particular on conceptions of (in)security in global finance. This includes theories of money, debt, value and collateral, informed by a socio-political perspective that is grounded in the technicalities of modern finance.

My doctoral thesis The Security of Public Credit examined state power in the form of the credible sovereign, rather than the military state. Through four articles it analysed state security both in the narrow financial term of the 'safe asset' and more broadly as 'public credit', raising the question of how this economic imaginary of the state relates to the legal fiction of the state person. 


International networks:

Over the past 6 years I have pursued the developing research agenda of finance-security relations in different international settings: as organiser of the Research Council of Norway-funded workshop series 'Understanding financial security in an age of uncertainty' (2009-2011); as leader of a working group on money and credit in the COST Action 'System risk, financial crisis and credit' (2010-2014); as co-convenor of the EWIS workshops 'Security and finance: performativity, narrativity and uncertainty' in Izmir, Turkey (2014) and 'Living the 'new normal': Post-crisis politics of money, debt and time' in Tuebingen, Germany (2016); and as leader of the work package on 'Societal security of financial systems' of the FP7 Virtual Centre of Excellence on Societal Security (SOURCE) (2014-2017). This agenda is also a key focus of my visiting fellowship at the Collaborative Research Centre 'Dynamics of security: Types of securitisation in historical perspective' at the Universities of Giessen and Marburg 2016-2017. 


In 2016 I joined Nathan Coombs and Amin Samman as co-editor of Finance and Society.


I teach the following courses at the Research School on Peace and Conflict: Interconnections of Security and Finance; Contemporary critique: power, value(s), economy; Societal Security in Europe: A Reassessment


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Boy, Nina (2015) Sovereign safety, Security Dialogue 46(6): 530–547.
Boy, Nina; J. Peter Burgess & Anna Leander (2011) The Global Governance of Security and Finance: Introduction to the Special Issue, Security Dialogue 42(2): 115–122.

PhD Thesis

Boy, Nina (2013) The Security of Public Credit. PhD thesis, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, Lancaster.

Book Chapter

Boy, Nina (2015) Financial security, in Schlag, Gabi; Julian Junk; & Christopher Daase, eds, Transformations of Security Studies: Dialogues, Diversity and Discipline. Abingdon: Routledge (156–170).
Boy, Nina (2014) The backstory of the risk-free asset: how government debt became "safe", in Goodhart, Charles; Daniela Gabor; Ismail Ertuerk; & Jakob Vestergaard, eds, Central Banking at a Crossroads. London: Anthem Press (177–187).
Boy, Nina (2014) Oeffentlichkeit als public credit [The 'public' of public credit], in Langenohl, Andreas; & Dietmar J. Wetzel, eds, Finanzmarktpublika: Moralitaet, Krisen und Teilhabe in der oekonomischen Moderne/ Financial market publics: Morality, Crises and Participation in Economic Modernity. Wiesbaden: Springer VS/ Springer Science and Business Media B.V. (301–317).

Conference Paper

Boy, Nina 2010 Two Moments of Finance, presented at CRESC Conference 'Finance in Crisis, Finance in Question', , 13 April.
Boy, Nina (2010) On the Origin of (Public) Credit, presented at SGIR 7th Pan-European Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 9 September.
Boy, Nina 2009 The Credit of the State, presented at 9th Conference of the European Sociological Convention , , 3 September.
Boy, Nina 2009 What Security is there in Securitisation?, presented at 'Securitisation, Risk, Governance: Understanding Uncertainty in the Age of Finance' Workshop, , 6 May.
Boy, Nina (2009) Calculating Risk and Uncertainty, presented at Kings College Risk Research Symposium, Kings College London, UK, 5 June.

PRIO Paper

Boy, Nina; Elida K. U. Jacobsen & Kristoffer Lidén (2018) Societal Ethics of Biometric Technologies. 2nd edition, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Boy, Nina; Elida K. U. Jacobsen; & Kristoffer Lidén (2016) Societal Ethics and Biometric Technologies, SOURCE Societal Security Network. Oslo: SOURCE.

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