University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen has a long-standing relationship with the University of Iceland and has participated in similar projects with the CSSS. It has developed extensive knowledge in the field of small states, particularly focusing on security issues. The University’s primary role in the partnership was take a leading role alongside the CSSS in developing ICT teaching material and open online courses. The University of Copenhagen also provided teachers and speakers to the intensive study programmes organized by the consortium and the multiplier events.

With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The purpose of the University – to quote the University Statute – is to ’conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic level’. Approximately one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centres, museums, etc., form the nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry out their daily work, and where teaching takes place.

The diversity of academic environments and scientific approaches is the University of Copenhagen’s distinguishing feature and strength. Within the shared framework, the University is divided into six academic fields referred to as faculties. The faculties are further divided into departments and institutes acting as the primary workplace for the University’s researchers. The University is also home to a number of centres, interdisciplinary projects and other units typically focusing their work on research in more specific academic areas. The University of Copenhagen is a member of IARU (International Alliance of Research Universities). The alliance consists of ten universities worldwide: Australian National University, ETH Zürich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford, The University of Tokyo, and Yale University. In the latest QS World University Rankings, the Department of Political Science was ranked 30th globally, 8th in Europe and first in Scandinavia.

The Department of Political Science belongs to the Social Science Faculty. During the last ten years it has developed into a highly successful and internationally recognized department at the University of Copenhagen with approximately 1500 students, and 300 exchange and guest students from abroad visiting every year. In 2015, the department was ranked as number one in Scandinavia, number eight in Europe and number 30 in the world for politics and international studies by the QS University Rankings. The number of applicants to the degree programmes is extremely high, and this has led to a situation in which the average grades required from high school are among the highest in Denmark. The faculty consists of approximately 50 professors, associate professors and assistant professors. Moreover, the department has about 30 enrolled doctoral students, and 20 administrators.

The University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science is a long-term partner of the Centre for Small States Studies. The Copenhagen participants in the proposed project are affiliated with the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) and the Centre for European Politics (CEP), which have strong international profiles in security analysis and European politics.

Anders Wivel, PhD, is Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. His primary fields of research are 1) Foreign policy, in particular the foreign and security policies of small European states; 2) European integration and security, in particular the exercise of power politics and the role of small states in the EU; 3) International Relations theory, in particular the realist tradition. In addition, his research interests include geopolitics, international security, the transatlantic relationship and globalization.

Professor Wivel has published widely in international academic journals such as Journal of Common Market Studies, Cooperation and Conflict and Journal of European Integration. His most recent books are Small States and International Security: European and Beyond (co-edited with Clive Archer and Alyson Bailes, Routledge 2014), Denmark and the European Union (co.edited with Lee Miles, Routledge 2014), and The Nordic Countries and the European Union; Still the Other European Community (co-edited with Caroline Grøn and Pter Nedergaard, Routledge, 2015).

Wivel regularly teaches on international relations theory and foreign and security policy and supervises PhD students. He has supervised more than 60 Master’s theses and more than 75 Bachelor’s theses. At the Bachelor’s level, he has experience with class room teaching as well as lecturing to large audiences of 150-250 students and small group seminars with cluster supervision. Also, he has planned and taught courses open to Master’s and Bachelor’s student as well as advanced Master’s level seminars, and he has experience with teaching a wider audience at the Open University. From 2010 to 2016, he served as the Head of Studies for Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.