Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA)

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The main objective of NordSTEVA is to map and critically analyse the relationship between security technologies and societal values. This implies exploring, on the one hand, the concentration of technologies that promise to provide for human needs and, on the other, to link these to the cultural traditions – including religion, language, politics, and economics – that make up the societal values that we deem most worthy of protection.

Research Groups


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Lidén, Kristoffer (2022) A better foundation for national security? The ethics of national risk assessments in the Nordic region, Cooperation and Conflict. DOI: 10.1177/00108367211068877.
Leese, Matthias; Kristoffer Lidén & Blagovesta Nikolova (2019) Putting critique to work: Ethics in EU security research, Security Dialogue 50(1): 59–76.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2018) A war on values? On the politics of countering the values of violent extremism, Security, Society and Technology (pilot journal issue) 1(1): 18–37.
Bellanova, Rocco (2016) Digital, politics, and algorithms: Governing digital data through the lens of data protection, European Journal of Social Theory. DOI: 10.1177/1368431016679167: 1–19.

Conference Paper

Lidén, Kristoffer (2018) Discussing the ethics of countering violent extremism, presented at Countering radicalisation: What can and cannot be done? At CEPS Ideas Lab 2018: "Europe - Back on Track", 22-23 February, Brussels, 23 February.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) Oiling the machinery of the European security industry? The Ethics of Ethics in EU Security Research, presented at Trade, Commerce and Societal Values in the Digital Age: A European Perspective, Stockholm University, 16 March.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) The Ethics of Biometric Security Technologies, presented at SOURCE Societal Security Conference - Global Threats, Local Actors, 21-22 March, Haus der Europäischen Union, Vienna, 22 March.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) Ethics and extremism: perceptions of the role of values in counter-radicalisation, presented at EISA YRW: Dissecting the radical: knowledge production and policy-making through the (de-)radicalisation prism, at 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 12-16 September, Barcelona, Spain, 12 September.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) Security, critique and normative orders, presented at Contemporary conditions of critique: power, value(s), economy, PhD Course, Research School on Peace and Conflict, PRIO, Oslo, Norway, 22 September.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) Policing ideas: the counter-democratic effects of technologies for Countering Violent Extremism, presented at Rethinking the technology-security nexus in Europe. 1st INTERSECT workshop, 26-27 October, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, 27 October.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) The Politics of Public Risk Communication in Norway, presented at Studying Nordic Societal Security: Threat- or Risk-Based Discourses? 16-17 November, Graduate School of International Studies, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, 17 November.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) National Risk Assessments and the Politics of Public Risk Communication, presented at Communicating Risk in the Digital Age: Dilemmas and Opportunities Presented to Authorities and the Public, PRIO, Oslo, 6 December.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) Policing Ideas: the counter-democratic effects of technologies for countering violent extremism, presented at Many Faces of Political Violence and Societal Security, NordSTEVA Annual Conference, 7-8 December, University of Tampere, Finland, 7 December.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) Oiling the Machinery of European Security Technology? The role of ethics in EU Security Research, presented at International Studies Association, Annual Convention , New Orleans, 21 Februrary 2015.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) What ‘society’ must be defended? The ethics of societal security in Norway, presented at Worlds of Violence: 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, European International Studies Association, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy , 26 September.

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