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Ole Wæver

Ole Wæver

Professor, Centre Director

  • Department of Political Science

Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K, CSS bygning 25, Room 25.0.11

1353 København K

Phone: +45 35 32 34 31

Fax: +45 35 32 33 99

    Primary fields of research

    International Relations

    • Theories of International Relations

    • History of the Discipline

    • Sociology of Science inspired analysis of the discipline

    • The Possibilities for Non-Western Theories

    • IR in Scandinavia – results from the TRIP survey

    • Theories about theories: philosophy of science and tools for understanding international relations


    Security Studies

    • Continued development of the so-called Copenhagen School / theory of securitization

    • The history and sociology of security studies

    • Empirical analysis of the global patterns of regional security (the theory of 'regional security complexes')

    • Religion, secularism and security

    • Climate change as security issue

    • Interdisciplinary comparison of methods for the characterisation of danger, risk, threat, catastrophe and insecurity

    • Ontological security – and other new attempts to connect emotions and politics in security studies

    • Identity/Security in the Post-Western World Order


    Conceptual History for International Relations

    • History of the concept of security

    • Theory and methodology for the study of concepts in International Relations


    Conflict Theory

    • Classics from sociology and the need today for understanding conflict as conflict

    • De-securitization and ontological security as tools for conflict resolution

    • Sociology of Knowledge: Conflict Expertise as a Field


    Sociology of Social Sciences

    • Revising theories from sociology of science and STS for the study of social sciences

    • Comparative analysis of Social Sciences

    • The International Relations discipline

    • Security Studies between University Disciplines and Policy Research

    • Conflict Expertise as a heterogeneous field

    • Institutions Internationally for Aggregation, Negotiation and Communication of Scientefic Advice: Climate Change, Planetary Boundaries and Emerging Scientific Breakthroughs


    Speech Act Theory

    • Politics in different speech act theories

    • Deepening Securitization Theory with Austin and Sbisa

    • Social Ontologies of Security


    Scientific Revolutions and Political Re-orientation - Niels Bohr, an Open World and 21st Century Challenges


    Continued Interests without short-term publication plans

    • The mutually constitutive relationship between European integration, identity and security

    • Nation and State concepts as key to foreign policies - discourse analysis as theory for this; empirically applied to Germany

    • The status and prospects for international law and different forms of world order

    • Missile defense, weaponization of space and deterrence theory

    • Danish security and defense policy

    • Identity, cooperation and transregionalism in the Nordic and Baltic areas

    • The English School as IR Research Programme



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