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.

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 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 2017/2018

The Crisis Management Cycle, UK: Routledge 2018.  

Emanuel ja Fredrik. Hovicembalisti ja hänen kuninkaansa, [Emanuel and Frederick. The court cembalist and his king. A double biography of CPE Bach and Frederick II the Great, in Finnish only], Jyväskylä: Docendo 2017.  

'Critical infrastructure resilience: A Nordic model in the making?', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2017.

'The Psychological Dimension of Russian Foreign Policy: Putin and the Annexation of Crimea', authored by T. Forsberg & C. Pursiainen. Global Society, Vol. 31 (2017), Issue 2.

‘Evaluation of Resilience Assessment Methodologies’, in Safety and Reliability – Theory and Applications, edited by M. Cepin and R. Briš (eds.), Boca Raton, CRC Press 2016, (co-authored with B. Rød et al.), pp. 1039-1051.

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