Mareile Kaufmann

Senior Researcher

Mareile Kaufmann
Work phone: + 47 22 54 77 19
Mareile Kaufmann is on leave until 08 November, 2017.

Research Interests

- Critical Security Studies, ​security theory
- Digital (security) technologies, their societal impacts and emerging regulation​
- Resilience and crisis management
- The body and affect


​​​​​Work Experience

Feb 2016 - to date: Senior Researcher, Dimensions of Security Department

May 2016: Guest Researcher, Université de Montreal

Jan 2011 - Jan 2016: Doctoral Researcher, Dimensions of Security Department and Hamburg University

Sep - Oct 2012: Guest Researcher, ETH Zürich

Mar - Jun 2012: Guest Researcher University of California, Berkeley

Jan 2010 - Dec 2010: Research Assistant, Security Programme (PRIO)

Jan 2007 - Dec 2009: Project Management/Project Leader at step21 - Initiative for Tolerance and Responsibility

Oct 2008 - Feb 2009: Assistant Teacher in Criminology at Hamburg University

June - July 2005: Project Management Summer University at the European University Frankfurt/O.

Oct 2004 - Feb 2005: 1st Year Teachings at the European University Frankfurt/O.


Jan 2011 - Jan 2016: PhD International Criminology at Hamburg University

Oct 2006 - Sep 2008: MA International Criminology at Hamburg University

Oct 2005 - Mar 2006: Sociology and Criminology at the University of Essex

Sep 2003 - Sep 2006: BA Cultural Sciences at the European University Frankfurt/O.


German, English, French, Norwegian (basic)


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Kaufmann, Mareile & Julien Jeandesboz (2016) Politics and 'the digital': From singularity to specificity, European Journal of Social Theory. DOI: 10.1177/1368431016677976: 1–20.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2015) Resilience governance and ecosystemic space: a critical perspective on the EU approach to Internet security, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(3): 512–527.
Abrahamsen, Eirik Bjorheim; Kenneth Pettersen; Terje Aven; Mareile Kaufmann & Tony Rosqvist (2015) A framework for selection of strategy for management of security measures, Journal of Risk Research 20(3): 404–417.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2015) Resilience 2.0: social media use and (self-)care during the 2011 Norway attacks, Media, Culture & Society 37(7): 972–987.
Dunn Cavelty, Myriam; Mareile Kaufmann & Kristian Søby Kristensen (2015) Resilience and (in)security: Practices, subjects, temporalities, Security Dialogue 46(1): 3–14.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2015) Das Unbekannte regieren: Risiko trifft Resilienz, Kriminologisches Journal 47(4): 264–278.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2015) Exercising emergencies: Resilience, affect and acting out security, Security Dialogue 47(2): 99–116.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; John Karlsrud & Mareile Kaufmann (2014) Humanitarian technology: a critical research agenda, International Review of the Red Cross 96(893): 219–242.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; John Karlsrud & Mareile Kaufmann (2014) Technologie humanitaire: pour un programme de recherche critique [Humanitarian technology: a critical research agenda], Revue Internationale de la Croix-Rouge, Sélection francaise 96(1): 179–204.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2013) Emergent self-organisation in emergencies: resilience rationales in interconnected societies, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses 1(1): 53–68.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2013) Cyber-resiliens i EU, Internasjonal Politikk 71(2): 274–283.

PhD Thesis

Kaufmann, Mareile (2016) Resilience - governance and in/security in interconnected societies. PhD thesis, Criminology, Hamburg University.


Kaufmann, Mareile (2010) Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism - Examples of European Practice and Possible Repercussions. Berlin/Münster/Wien/Zürich/London: Lit Verlag.

Book Chapter

Kaufmann, Mareile (2016) The digitization of resilience, in Chandler, David; & Jon Coaffee, eds, The Routledge Handbook of International Resilience. London, New York: Routledge (106–118).
Kaufmann, Mareile (2016) Drone/body: the drone's power to sense and construct emergencies, in Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, eds, The Good Drone. Oxon: Routledge (168–194).

Popular Article

Kaufmann, Mareile (2016) Politikk og overvåking etter Snowden [Politics and surveillance after Snowden], NRK Ytring, 18 November.

Conference Paper

Kaufmann, Mareile (2013) Resilience Regulation and Networked SpacesAntwerp, Belgium, 23–24 January 2013.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Mareile Kaufmann; Kjersti Lohne; & John Karlsrud (2013) Big data, data protection and humanitarian decision making: challenges to accountability and transparency, presented at Disaster Drones: Promises and Pitfalls for Humanitarian Action, Oslo, 22/04/13.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2012) Resilience Governance and Networked Space, presented at Practices of Resilience Workshop, Copenhagen, 13.12.2012.
Kaufmann, Mareile 2012 Embracing unknowns: Emergency, resilience and the epistemology of complexity, presented at COST Action: IS1003 "Anticipatory Knowledge in International Law" , , 17.09.2012–18.09.2012.
Kaufmann, Mareile 2012 Networks, Security and Resilience, presented at ICTs and Global Governance, , 28.09.2012–29.09.2012.
Kaufmann, Mareile 2012 Resilience and Human Security, presented at Internal Workshop with the Norwegian Red Cross, , 28.08.2012.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora;Kaufmann, Mareile; & Lohne, Kjersti 2011 Terror Threats, Data Protection and Human Security: A Shifting Interface in Norwegian Law?, presented at ECPR Conference, , 27 August.
Kaufmann, Mareile 2011 Risk Governance and the Domain of Terror: A Deconstruction of Norwegian Threat Assessments, presented at ECPR Conference, , 25 August.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2011) Terrorism and Security in Norway - Recent Developments in Law and Intelligence Governance, presented at CASIS Annual Conference 2011, Ottawa, Canada, 09 November 2011.

PRIO Policy Brief

Kaufmann, Mareile (2012) Resilience: A Stock-Taking. Key Characteristics and Implications for Human and Societal Security Policy, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Bergersen, Stine; & Mareile Kaufmann (2016) DRIVER Deliverable 91.3 Ethical procedures, risks and safeguards, Driving Innovation For Crisis Management For European Resilience (DRIVER). Oslo: PRIO.
Kaufmann, Mareile; & Stine Bergersen (2014) DRIVER Deliverable 93.1 - Identification of opportunities for positive societal impact of CM, Driving Innovation For Crisis Management For European Resilience (DRIVER). Oslo: PRIO.
Kaufmann, Mareile (2011) 3.2 ValueSec Catalogue of evaluated Methodologies and Tools available, which address security decisions FP7 Project "Mastering the Value Function of Security Measures" (Valuesec).
Kaufmann, Mareile (2011) 2.1 ValueSec Decision Domains, Concepts and Trends relevant for Security Decisions: FP7 Project "Mastering the Value Function of Security Measures" (Valuesec).
Kaufmann, Mareile (2011) 3.1 ValueSec Framework for the Assessment of Methods and Tools, which address security decisions: FP7 Project "Mastering the Value Function of Security Measures" (Valuesec).
Kaufmann, Mareile (2011) 3.3 ValueSec Evaluation of Methods and Tools, and the required improvements: FP7 Project "Mastering the Value Function of Security Measures" (Valuesec).

Book Review

Kaufmann, Mareile(2012) Review of Politics of Catastrophe: Genealogies of the Unknown (Claudia Aradau, Rens van Munster) 376.
Kaufmann, Mareile(2010) Review of Review of Jackson, Richard;Smyth, Marie Breen; & Gunning, J., eds, Critical Terrorism Studies: A New Research Agenda 514.

Blog Posts

After Man? From Singularity to Specificity

Posted by Mareile Kaufmann on Thursday, 23 February 2017

When we discuss artificial intelligence, the digital technology that makes it happen, and singularity – the idea that both of them will exponentially take over the progression of society – we refer to them in singular. This is not a coincidence. Both, science and fiction have portrayed AI as a particular form of reason, digital technology as an autonomous driver of change, and singularity as a unidirectional technological revolution. However, none of them are necessarily as “singular” as they appear. Rather, the different contexts in which digital technologies come to matter create a broad variety of knowledge and social effects. ...

Ethical Challenges of Internet Research on 22/7

Posted by Mareile Kaufmann on Tuesday, 25 June 2013

For my research on post-22/7 resilience and social media, I am drawing on data sources from the internet. Even though this data is publicly available, there are several ethical issues to be considered. A core controversy of internet-based research is the definition of public and private space: speakers may assume privacy online, which is not necessarily the case. Due to the use of screen names, it is for example impossible to guarantee that data was not produced by minors. In order to protect research subjects, it would seem feasible to consistently anonymize data. Some speakers, on the other hand, consider ...

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