Therese Sefton

Research Assistant

Therese Sefton
Therese Sefton left PRIO in 2021. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Sweden and Norway, Nordic cooperation, and Nordic societies. Values and norms. Political administration in the Nordic region. Diplomacy and negotiation.  

Background

​Therese Sefton is an M.Phil graduate in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Oslo. Her educational background is interdisciplinary and includes History, international relations, global studies, and political science. With a strong interest in public policy, regional cooperation, and relations, her research focus is currently on Sweden and Norway and Nordic Cooperation during- and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. She is specifically interested in the historical and contemporary relationship between Sweden and Norway, and Nordic cooperation in general. 

Publications

Media engagements

Interview forskning.no "Kommer vi [Norge] til å bli like gode venner med Sverige igjen? 29 November 2020. 

Interview NRK P1+ Frokostradio "Er vi mer ulike svenskene enn vi tror" December 1, 2020. 

Interview Sciencenorway.no "The border between Norway and Sweden is closed for the first time since 1954. Will the pandemic ruin their special friendship?" December 3, 2020. 

Recent Publications

Sefton, Therese; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2020) Hva skjer med Svenskegrensen? [Coronavirus measures are dividing Scandinavia. What is going on with the Swedish Border?], forskersonen.no, 1 December.
Sefton, Therese (2020) Tensions in Nordic Cooperation, PRIO Blog, 11 November.
Sefton, Therese; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2020) Korona som dobbeltkrise for det nordiske samarbeidet: en politisk sosiologisk tilnærming [Corona as a Double Crisis for Nordic Collaboration], sosiologen.no, 1 November.

All Publications

Popular Article

Sefton, Therese; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2020) Hva skjer med Svenskegrensen? [Coronavirus measures are dividing Scandinavia. What is going on with the Swedish Border?], forskersonen.no, 1 December.
Sefton, Therese (2020) Tensions in Nordic Cooperation, PRIO Blog, 11 November.
Sefton, Therese; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2020) Korona som dobbeltkrise for det nordiske samarbeidet: en politisk sosiologisk tilnærming [Corona as a Double Crisis for Nordic Collaboration], sosiologen.no, 1 November.
Sefton, Therese (2020) Norway and Sweden: Battling Coronavirus in Two Different Worlds, PRIO Blog, 30 March.

Book Review

Sefton, Therese (2019) Review of Ahmet T. Kuru, ed., Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison, in Journal of Peace Research .

Blog Posts

Tensions in Nordic Cooperation

Posted by Therese Sefton on Wednesday, 11 November 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has (re)introduced challenges within and between the Nordic countries, endangering the image of a unitary, happy and cooperative region.   The pandemic has highlighted serious challenges with the provision of welfare services –perhaps the welfare state as a whole in the Nordic region, above all in Sweden. ... Read more »

The Nordic Countries and Sweden: the battle against COVID-19 continues

Posted by Therese Sefton on Thursday, 28 May 2020

This piece is part of our blog series Beyond the COVID Curve. COVID-19 has quickly changed everything from our daily routines, to the policies of governments, to the fortunes of the global economy. How will it continue to shape society and the conditions for peace and conflict globally in the near ... Read more »

Norway and Sweden: Battling Coronavirus in Two Different Worlds

Posted by Therese Sefton on Monday, 30 March 2020

This piece is part of our blog series Beyond the COVID Curve. COVID-19 has quickly changed everything from our daily routines, to the policies of governments, to the fortunes of the global economy. How will it continue to shape society and the conditions for peace and conflict globally in the near ... Read more »

“Peace to Prosperity”: The death knell of the U.S. as mediator in the Israel – Palestine conflict

Posted by Therese Sefton on Friday, 31 January 2020

Is the U.S. done as a mediator in the Israel-Palestinian conflict? Middle East scholars and analysts have argued for some years that the heyday of the two-state solution is over. The idea of it, at least in the minds of the international society, is very much alive. Regardless of all ... Read more »