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Lars Gjesvik is a senior researcher in the Research Group for Security and Defence at NUPI, where he also serves as the co-leader of the research center for digitization and cyber security. His research focuses on the intersection of private enterprise and state interests, security challenges, and power politics related to digitalization and emerging technologies.
He recently obtained his doctorate from the University of Oslo (in 2023), where he studied the interaction between private companies and state interests in the digital space, and the role of technology companies in shaping international politics. Gjesvik's expertise also includes issues related to the global surveillance industry, digital infrastructure such as submarine internet cables and cloud services, cyber security, and technology dependency.
In his previous work, Gjesvik has addressed national approaches to cyber security and public-private cooperation, as well as disinformation and influence campaigns
Publications All publications
The subsea cable cut at Svalbard January 2022: What happened, what were the consequences, and how were they managed?Publication : Policy Brief | 2023
Svalbard is, like most other societies, largely dependent on an internet connection. The fiber connection on Svalbard consists of two separate subsea1
Loss of Tonga’s telecommunication – what happened, how was it managed and what were the consequences?Publication : Policy Brief | 2022
In January 2022 the subsea volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai in Tonga had a major eruption which also cut the country’s communication lines nationall1
Interpreting cyber-energy-security events: experts, social imaginaries, and policy discourses around the 2016 Ukraine blackoutPublication : Research Article | 2022
We analyse the expert debate around a cyber attack in 2016 that caused an electric power blackout in Ukraine. Two expert reports were crucial for int1
Private infrastructure in weaponized interdependencePublication : Article | 2022
The ability of states to exploit private resources at an international level is an increasingly salient political issue. In explaining the mechanisms1
Frihet, sikkerhet og autonomi i skyenPublication : Academic chapter | 2022
Cloud computing has in under two decades moved from a niche indsutry to globe-spanning infrastructure. This chapter explores the consequences for nat1
Projects All projects
The EU Navigating Multilateral Cooperation (NAVIGATOR)Research project | 2023 - 2027 (Ongoing)
How should the EU navigate the increasingly complex - and conflict-laden - institutional spaces of global governance to advance a rules-based international order? And what factors should be emphasized...
The Nordics and the InternationalResearch project | 2018 - 2019 (Completed)
Why is there not more Nordic cooperation on the international arena, when Nordic politicians so often express a willingness to develop cooperation in this field further? This project aims to build new...
Digital sovereignty and autonomy (GAIA)Research project | 2019 - 2022 (Ongoing)
NUPI in collaboration with Simula Research Lab will map global data flows and their impact on national autonomy and sovereignty....
Critical Digital Infrastructures (KRIDI)Research project | 2018 - 2019 (Completed)
Protecting critical infrastructures from digital threats is a key challenge for modern states, how should the state approach and make sense of the security of privately owned infrastructures?...
Protecting Democracies from Digital Threats (PRODEM)Research project | 2019 (Completed)
How are states responding to the threat of using digital technologies to subvert democratic processes?...
Articles All articles
Big EU project to NUPI6 Dec 2022
From March 2023 NUPI will lead a large EU-funded project on how the EU should navigate multinational cooperation in times of global uncertainty.
Security and defence3 Jan 2022
How can we best handle current and future wars and crises? What kind of threats are we likely to face in the years to come? Who are the future actors1