Ole Wæver

Ole Wæver


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Ole Wæver is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, founder of CAST, Centre for Advanced Security Theory, and Director of CRIC, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts.

Internationally he is mostly known for coining within security theory the concept of 'securitization' and as one of the main figures in developing what is often referred to as the 'Copenhagen School' in security studies. His most recent writings in relation to securitization theory have applied the theory to religion and to climate change. The second most influential sub-set of his work is probably writings on the sociology of the discipline of International Relations. His research interests include international relations and security theory, sociology of science, religion in international relations, climate change, conflict analysis, and the role of national identity in foreign policy. Current research projects are updating the foundations in philosophy of language for securitization theory - and take research towards a new focus on technology.

He has published in International Organization, Journal of Peace Research, International Affairs, Cooperation and Conflict, Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Common Market Studies, Review of International Studies, Millennium, International Relations and Security Dialogue. Among his main books are Introduktion til Studiet af International Politik (1992), Security: A New Framework for Analysis (with Barry Buzan and Jaap de Wilde 1998, Chinese 2002, Czech 2006); Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security (with Barry Buzan, 2003; Chinese translation 2009; Persian translation 2009) and International Relations Scholarship Around the World (ed with Arlene B. Tickner, 2009). He is member of the team of authors for Katherine Richardson et al, Climate change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions, Cambridge University Press 2011.

Ole Wæver was elected to the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 2007; and he was the 2012 humanities/social science recipient of the research prize of the Carlsberg foundation. He
became Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 2014, was the first recipient of the Hesbjerg Foundation Peace Prize in 2015; and received an honorary doctorate from University of Turku in 2015.


MA and Ph.D. in Political Science (1985, 1997)

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