Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security (SOURCE)

Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security  (SOURCE)
Led by Kristoffer Lidén
Jan 2014 - Dec 2018
​​The SOURCE Network of Excellence is built upon five types of activities: 
  • networking activities
  • research
  • information gathering
  • education and training
  • knowledge-sharing
These five areas together address both the ambitions and the expected impact of the Work Programme specific to the Security call of EU's 7th Framework Programme.

Through an integrated information gathering hub, education programmes across the security sectors, and a comprehensive programme of networking activities, the SOURCE project will advance European excellence in research and industrial innovation and form the foundation for a permanent virtual centre of excellence capable of continuing to bring added-value to research on societal security. Through a broad set of concerted activities the centre will gather experts and actors from all levels of the security chain (researchers, industry actors, policy-makers, civil society, end-users and the public at large), all linked by a common project of documenting, analysing and understanding the link between security and the society in which it is played out. Through an array of networking activities, meetings, scientific and popular publications, film, press and social media, a scholarly journal and the formation of an international association for the study and improvement of societal security, the SOURCE Network of Excellence will meet the goals of raising the awareness among policy makers and end-users, raising the competitiveness of the security industry by better applying it to the social layers of insecurity in society and, as a consequence, contribute to the improvement of the well-being and security of European citizens.

The aim of the SOURCE Network of Excellence is to create a robust and sustainable virtual centre of excellence capable of exploring and advancing societal issues in security research and development. 

For further information on activities and results, please visit the website of the centre:

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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.
Lidén, Kristoffer; Nona Mikhelidze; Elena B. Stavrevska & Birte Vogel (2016) EU support to civil society organizations in conflict-ridden countries: A governance perspective from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Georgia, International Peacekeeping 23(2): 274–301.
Boy, Nina (2015) Sovereign safety, Security Dialogue 46(6): 530–547.

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

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) Harmonising Security with Human Rights, presented at SOURCE Societal Security Conference - Global Threats, Local Actors, 21-22 March, Haus der Europäischen Union, Vienna, 22 March.
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) Introduction to the ethics of humanitarian action, presented at Humanitarian Studies Colloquium: The Ethics of Humanitarian Action – rationale and critique of a do-gooder regime, PRIO, Oslo, 27 November.
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.

PRIO Policy Brief

PRIO Paper

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

Report - Other

Lidén, Kristoffer (2018) Norms and Ethics in Security Preparedness, SOURCE Societal Security Network. .
Lidén, Kristoffer (2018) Ethics and Extremism: Report on ethical and legal parameters for dealing with extremism, SOURCE Societal Security Network, 6. .
Lidén, Kristoffer (2017) Ethics Report 2, SOURCE Project, D1.6, SOURCE Societal Security Network. .
Boy, Nina; Elida K. U. Jacobsen; & Kristoffer Lidén (2016) Societal Ethics and Biometric Technologies, SOURCE Societal Security Network. Oslo: SOURCE.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) Ethics Report 1, SOURCE Deliverables, 2. SOURCE Virtual Centre of Excellence For Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security.
Lidén, Kristoffer; & Ben Hayes (2015) Report on human values in threat analysis, SOURCE Deliverables, 6. SOURCE Virtual centre of excellence for research support and coordination on societal security.

Report - External Series

Kundnani, Arun; & Ben Hayes (2018) The globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism policies: Undermining human rights, instrumentalising civil society, TNI Report. Transnational Institute (TNI) in association with SOURCE Network on Societal Security.


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