Pernille Rieker

Research Professor

Pernille Rieker's research interests are European integration (EU) and European foreign and security policies. This includes the foreign and security policies of France and the Nordic countries. She has also worked with dialogue and conflict prevention more generally. Rieker obtained her PhD from the University of Oslo in 2004. 

Her publications include the booksFrench Foreign Policy in a Changing World. Practising Grandeur (Palgrave 2017); External governance as security community building – the limits and potential of the European Neighbourhood Policy (Routledge 2016); Dialogue and Conflict resolution. Potential and limits (Routledge 2015); and Europeanization of National Security Identity. The EU and the changing security identities of the Nordic states (Routledge 2006).

Since 2015, her published articles include: 'Not so unique after all? Urgency and Norms in EU foreign and security policy' (Journal of European Integration, 2021); 'Differentiated integration and Europe's Global Role: A Conceptual Framework' (European Foreign Affairs Review, Special Issue, 2021); 'Differentiated Defence Integration Under French Leadership' (European Foreign Affairs Review, Special Issue, 2021); 'Plugging the capability-expectations gap: towards effective, comprehensive and conflict-sensitive EU crisis response?' (European Security nr. 1, 2019); 'EU-supported reforms in the EU neighbourhood as organized anarchies: the case of post-Maidan Ukraine' (Journal of European Integration nr. 4, 2018); 'Autonomy and Integration? Small-state responses to a changing European security landscape' (Global Affairs nr. 3, 2017); 'The EU, Russia and the potential for dialogue – Different readings of the crisis in Ukraine' (European Security nr. 3, 2016); and 'The EEA Grant. A source of Soft Power?' (Journal of European Integration nr. 4, 2015).

More information on her work is included in her CV. 

Rieker is part of NUPI's research group on security and defence. She coordinates NUPI's Center for European Studies (NCE), including the forums seminar series Norway meets Europe. She now leads the RCN-funded project EUFLEX (2019-2021) and has previously been project leader for the project EUNOR (2015-2017), also funded by the RCN. Additionally, she was part of the project EPOS (2016-2020), which focused on the use of power in foreign policy. Rieker has been and still is part of several EU-funded projects: she was WP leader in the NUPI-led H2020 project EUNPACK (2015-2019), which researched the role of the EU in external crisis response, and she is part of NUPI's project group PREVEX, an EU-funded project, coordinated by NUPI, concerning the role of the EU in preventing violent extremism in the Balkans, the MENA region and the Sahel. She is also part of JOINT, an EU project coordinated by IAI in Rome (2021-), which focuses on how to make the foreign policy of the EU more pronounced. Additionally, she is project leader of a project financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, EURODEFENCE, which studies the implications of new European defence initiatives. Pernille coordinates the NUPI participation in the European research network TEPSA and is board member of ECSA Norway.

Current research: 

Through EUFLEX, Rieker researches the mechanisms and driving forces of EU's foreign, security and defence policy, with a particular focus on differentiated integration and the role of France and of third countries. 

Through PREVEX, she focuses on role of the EU and France in preventing violent extremism in the Middle East and North Africa and Sahel-region. 

In EURODEFENCE, she researches the new European defence initiatives for Norway particularly, as an allied and closely associated non-member of the EU. 

Through the EPOS project, she researched what characterises the repertoire of French and European foreign policy.