Four new projects on societal security will conduct research on global trends

Four new projects on societal security will conduct research on global trends

A total of 28 grant applications were submitted under the call entitled “Nordic societal security in light of the emerging global and regional trends”. Four of the projects have now been granted funding from a total budget of NOK 44 million.

NordForsk is expanding research activities relating to societal security and has now awarded funding to four new research projects, all focused on global trends in societal security.

Professor Emeritus Bengt Sundelius, chair of the programme committee for the Nordic Societal Security Programme, explains: “The four projects selected each have their own special focus on important aspects of global and regional trends in societal security. They combine high scientific quality with research questions of great relevance to future societal security, and all have clear links to practical efforts in this field.”

The Nordic Societal Security Programme is a collaboration between the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS), the Academy of Finland, the Ministry of the Interior in Finland, the Danish Emergency Management Agency, the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom and NordForsk.

Here is a brief overview of the four new projects granted funding:

Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries
Project Leader: Rico Kongsager, University College Copenhagen, Denmark.
For more information, see here.

Nordic Fire and Rescue Services in the Twenty-first Century
Project Leader: Margaret McNamee, Lund University, Sweden.
For more information, see here.

Social Exclusion, Polarization and Security in the Nordic Welfare State
Project Leader: Helena Blomberg-Kroll, University of Helsinki, Finland.
For more information, see here.

NordicLink – Securing Nordic Linear Infrastructure Networks Against Climate-induced Natural Hazards
Project Leader: Kjersti Gisnås, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Norway.
For more information, see here.

Background for the programme

The Nordic Societal Security Programme was launched by NordForsk in 2013 and receives support from all the Nordic countries as well as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. There are currently nine ongoing research projects dealing with topics ranging from cyberattacks to terrorism and natural disasters.

Read more about the Nordic Societal Security Programme here.



Societal security refers to the ability of a society to sustain vital functions and secure its population’s life, health, needs and basic values under extraordinary pressures known as crises.

This information may include changes and omissions. Only decisions communicated directly to the applicants through e-mail should be considered formal confirmations of allocation of funding. All applicants will receive a letter of decision by e-mail.


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