Niels Nagelhus Schia
Niels Nagelhus Schia is a senior research fellow, head of NUPI's Research group on security and defense, and co-chair of NUPI's Center on digitalization and cyber security studies.
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 and cybersecurity governance in international relations Schia tracks new developments in policy and research, 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. In the research project GAIA (funded by the Research Council of Norway's IKTPLUSS initiative) Schia explores links between digital value chains, national autonomy and international politics. This is a four-year cooperation between SimulaMet, NUPI and several other institutions and universities. Read his most recent article The Cyber Frontier and Digital Pitfalls in the Global South published in Third World Quarterly (2018).
Schia has worked on numerous topics within international organizations, global governance, 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 in scientific journals such as Third World Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Peacekeeping, Journal of International Relations and Development, and Political and Legal Anthropology.
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.
He is a former Fulbright Scholar and from January 2017 he is a co-editor of the leading Scandinavian-language International Relations-journal Internasjonal Politikk.
2015 PhD, Social Antropology, University of Oslo
2004 Cand.polit., Social anthropology, University of Oslo
2022- Head of NUPI's Research group on security and defence
2017- Co-editor of the leading Scandinavian-language International Relations-journal Internasjonal Politikk.
2015- Head, NUPI's Cyber Security Centre. 2010 Advisor, Civil Affairs, Policy Best Practices Services (PBPS), UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, New York HQ.
2009 Visiting scholar at The New School for Social Research, New York, Leiv Eiriksson mobility programme (The Research Council of Norway) and Fulbright Scholar.
2003- Research Assistant / Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow, NUPI.
2012-2016 Board member Fulbright Alumni Association of Norway.
2013-2016 Head of Scientific Committee for Fulbright annual research award.
Publications All publications
A conflict-prone UN Security Council? How small states can navigate the UNSC in the new era of great power rivalryPublication | 2022
Against the backdrop of intensified US-China great power competition and the deepening isolation of Russia by the West, the UN Security Council (UNSC1
Publication : Policy Brief | 2023
Over the last two decades Internet Governance (IG) has emerged as an increasingly complex and fraught field of policymaking involving both states and1
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
Projects All projects
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...
Research project | 2020 - 2022 (Ongoing)
C3SA informs policy through cybersecurity research to build national cyber capacity and resilience across Africa....
Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
Private actors are increasingly operating in the name of development and in partnership with international development actors. This project (DEVINT) will explore the nexus of private actors and public...
Research project | 2020 - 2022 (Ongoing)
Norway has a seat in the UN Security Council in 2021 - 2022. Through this project we will facilitate meetings with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss important strategic issues....
Research project | 2020 - 2021 (Completed)
This project will explore possibilities to enhance Estonian-Norwegian bilateral cooperation in promoting multilateral cooperation and a rules-based global order in the framework of the United Nations ...
Events All events
EventTue 9 May 2023Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
What are the recently adopted EU cyber-related policies and how relevant are they in the current geopolitical context?
EventTue 14 Dec 2021Time: 15:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams
At this webinar we take a closer look at the findings from the report Integrating Cyber Security into the Digital Development Agenda, with presentations from the authors, Melissa Hathaway og Francesca Spidalieri.
EventWed 7 Apr 2021Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams
The world gets more interconnected, and the dependency of cyberspace and its infrastructure is now evident in most sectors. Join this seminar to learn more about the need for security standards across countries.
EventWed 4 Nov 2020Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Webinar
What possibilities exist for Estonian-Norwegian bilateral cooperation in the United Nations Security Council?
EventThu 31 Oct 2019Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Max Smeets will take a closer look at the academic literature on analysing cyber conflict.
Articles All articles
9 Nov 2023
The World Stage looks closer on the need for global oversight of artificial intelligence with Dr. Rumman Chowdhury.
26 Jan 2023
For two years, researchers from NUPI, PRIO and other institutes have advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through an innovative research project.
3 Jan 2023
After to intense years, Norway is now stepping down from its role as an elected member of the UN Security Council. In this article we have gathered w1