Dr Christer Pursiainen is Professor of Societal Safety and Environment at the Department of Engineering and Safety, Faculty of Science and Technology, Arctic University of Norway (UiT), in Tromsø, Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor (docent) of International Relations at the University of Helsinki and holds a doctorate in Political Science from the same university.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Pursiainen has a Visiting Professorship at the London School of Economics (LSE), Centre for International Studies (sabbattical research year from the UiT), and he has therefore relocated to London till September 2019.

Previously Pursiainen has worked in leading management and research positions in such institutions as the European Commission  DG Joint Research Centre, JRC, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen  (Italy, Ispra); the Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS (Sweden, Stockholm); Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden, Stockholm); Russian-European Centre for Economic Policy, RECEP (Russian Federation, Moscow); Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Helsinki; and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, UPI-FIIA (Finland, Helsinki).

His publications consist of about one hundred scholarly publications, including sixteen (co-)authored or (co-)edited books, on a variety of themes such as societal security, crisis management, critical infrastructure protection and resilience, international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, regional cooperation and integration, comparative politics, state-society relations, and Soviet/Russia's history and politics, published in different countries and in several languages. He has also published one fiction novel, based on apocryphal biblical texts,  and two popular-historical biographies.