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 holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Helsinki.

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 120 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.

New in 2021

Pursianen, C. & Abdel-Fattah, D. (2021). Societal Security as a Higher Education: The State of the Art in the Baltic Sea Region. NEEDS project proceedings. 

Pursiainen, C. & Rød, B. (2021). National disaster risk assessments in Europe. How comparable are they and why? Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 12(1), 2021, pp. 1-21. 

Pursiainen, C., Alden, C. & Bertelsen, R. (2021). The Arctic and Africa in China’s Foreign Policy: How Different Are They and What Does This Tell Us? The Arctic Review on Law and Politics, 12(1), pp. 31-55.