Trine Villumsen Berling

Trine Villumsen Berling

Associate Professor


Fields of expertise

Security, Securitization, Expertise, International Political Sociology (Bourdieu), Practice Theory, Discourse Analysis, European security, NATO, Energy security


Employment and appointments

2018-         Associate Professor and Team leader NordSTEVA, Department of Political Science, UCPH.

2017-2018  Postdoc, NordSTEVA, Department of Political Science, UCPH

2017 Visiting researcher, IAI, Rome

2013-2016 Visiting Scholar, NATO Defence College, Rome

2008- Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), Copenhagen

2005-2008 Visiting Research Fellow, Programme for Strategic and International Security   Studies, Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva

2004-2007 Member of the board of the Danish social science journal Politik (formerly Politologiske Studier), Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

2004 Visiting Researcher, European University Institute, Florence

2003-2008 Ph.D. Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

2001 Research Assistant to Professor Ole Wæver and Professor Barry Buzan, COPRI, Copenhagen and Member of editorial group, Politologiske Studier, University of Copenhagen


Academic prizes and grants

2017 Nordforsk grant: NordSteva, Project title: Energy Security in the Nordic Countries. Negotiating on the boundary of the knowable

2014-2016 Carlsberg Foundation Grant for the project: What NATO Knows: Expertise between Technoscience and Practical Experience

2013 Excellence in Teaching Prize at the Master’s level, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen


Selected publications

Berling, T.V. and Bueger, C. (2017) "Expertise in the Age of Post-Factual politics: An outline of reflexive strategies" Geoforum 84: 332-341

Berling, T.V. (2015) The International Political Sociology of Security. Rethinking Theory and Practice, New International Relations Series, Routledge,Taylor & Francis Group.

Berling, T. V. & Bueger, C. (eds.) (2015). Security Expertise. Practice, Power, Responsibility. PRIO New Security Studies, Routledge

Berling, T.V. & Bueger, C. (2013) Practical Reflexivity and Political Science: Strategies for Relating Scholarship and Political Practice. PS: Political Science and Politics, 46(1): 115-119

Berling, T.V.(2012) ‘Bourdieu, International Relations, and European Security’, Theory and Society, 41, 451-478.

Berling, T.V. (2012) 'Knowledges', in R Adler-Nissen (ed.), Bourdieu in International Relations: Rethinking key concepts in IR, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group: 59-77

Berling, T.V. (2011) 'Securitization and Science. Objectivation, the authority of the speaker and mobilization of scientific facts', Security Dialogue, vol. 42, no. 4-5.

Büger, C. & Villumsen, T. (2007) 'Beyond the Gap: Relevance, fields of practice and the securitizing consequences of (democratic peace) research', Journal of International Relations and Development, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 417-448.

Villumsen, T. (2006), 'Critical Approaches to Security in Europe: A networked Manifesto ', Security Dialogue, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 443-487. (published with 25 colleagues in C.A.S.E. Collective)


Membership in Professional Associations and Research Networks

IPS/ISA board, member at large since 2019; EISA, (since 2014); European Consortium for Political Research (since 2009); International Studies Association (since 2005); Member of the C.A.S.E. Collective: Critical Approaches to Security in Europe (European network of security researchers, since 2005); Member of European Security Research Group, COPRI, Copenhagen (2001-2002)


Selected taught courses

"Knowledge Production and Evaluation" Master course at the Security Risk Management Master Programme at the University of Copenhagen.

“Capturing Security Expertise. When Science Meets Practical Politics”. (MA course in English). Department of Political Science, Copenhagen (2013)

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