Niels Nagelhus Schia

Senior Research Fellow, Head of NUPI's Cyber Security Centre

Niels Nagelhus Schia is a senior research fellow and manager for the Cyber Security Forum at NUPI. He is a former fellow of the NSSR (New School for Social Research) and holds a PhD degree in social anthropology from the University of Oslo.

With a focus on the role of cybersecurity in international relations Schia tracks new developments in cybersecurity, and provide academic studies, expert analysis and strategic policy recommendations. His research focus combines anthropology and international relations theory with theories of cyber security.  His current projects are concerned with norms and state behavior in cyber space, development assistance and capacity building, societal vulnerabilities, sovereignty and cyberspace, global governance and cyberspace. Read his most recent article The Cyber Frontier and Digital Pitfalls in the Global South published in Third World Quarterly (2017).
Schia has worked on numerous topics within international organizations, peacebuilding and statebuilding over the previous years. He has acted as an adviser to governments and international organizations on issues pertaining to capacity building, institution building and global governance. He has participated in international discussions and working groups in the United Nations and regularly participates at international conferences. He has long experience with developing and finalizing research projects financed by governments and research councils. A cross cutting concern in these research projects has been the exploration of global connections to more localized and national contexts. This is also a concern in his book Franchised States and the Bureaucracy of Peace (Palgrave Macmillian, 2018) and in his chapter Horseshoe and Catwalk: Power, Complexity and Consensus-Making in the United Nations Security Council in the book Palaces of Hope: The Anthropology of Global Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Schia has published his research in scientific journals and books. He is a former Fulbright scholar and head of the scientific committee for the annual Fulbright award.
His current research focuses on cyber security, cyber capacity building in developing countries and emerging economies, internet governance and collaboration between states and non-state actors.

From January 2017 he is a co-editor of the leading Scandinavian-language International Relations-journal Internasjonal Politikk.