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Larsson holds a BSc in International Relations (Södertörn University College, Sweden) and an MA in International Conflict Studies (King’s College London, UK). His research interests include but is not limited to critical studies of security, IPS and Bourdieusian theories of symbolic power, the European security- and arms industry, and contemporary policing and surveillance practices.

His current research focuses on transformations of security and arms trade in Sweden and the Nordic region after the Cold War, particularly on the notion of ‘total defence’ vis-à-vis ‘societal security’, the role of emerging technologies for the arms industry, and the relations between the fields of state, industry, and research.

Larsson is a research fellow of the SOURCE (EU FP7) project at KCL which analyses societal security in Europe from a transdisciplinary perspective. He is also a visiting scholar at the Department of Economic History and International Relations, Stockholm University.

Research Interests

International political sociology; critical theory; security practices; European arms industries; dual-use; border control technologies; surveillance and policing.

Thesis Title

The transformation of security practice and arms trade in post-Cold War Sweden


Drawing on critical approaches at the intersections of IR, IPS and history, my PhD project analyses the transformations of security practice, threat constructions, and arms manufacture and trade in Sweden during the 90s and 00s. Specifically, it studies how the region’s historical model of ‘total defence’ became reconfigured by practices of counterterrorism and crisis management, and how Swedish security professionals began collaborating transnationally in Europe and with the US, often under the banner of ‘research and development’. Moreover, it studies how emerging notions like ‘societal’ or ‘civil’ security have come to serve a distinct socio-political and practical function for the arms industry and how they frame controversial technologies, especially in an arms export context.


Professor Didier Bigo (1st supervisor)/  Professor Claudia Aradau (2nd supervisor)