Dr Hakan Gunneriusson
Short life descriptionI grew up partly in a small mountain village called Nordhallen and partly in Östersund, both situated in Jämtland in Sweden. This has probably determined the choice of some of my hobbies which in no particular order are: hiking, hunting, war-gaming, skiing, pistol shooting and sailing. Both mentioned places are great for outdoor activities, particularly winter activities.
I grew up partly in a small mountain village called Nordhallen and partly in Östersund, both situated in Jämtland in Sweden. This has probably determined the choice of some of my hobbies which in no particular order are: hiking, hunting, war-gaming, skiing, pistol shooting and sailing. Both mentioned places are great for outdoor activities, particularly winter activities. I attended upper secondary school in Östersund and studied there for 4 years in order to become a construction engineer. This resulted in my working at a construction site for one year, measuring, among other things, with a theodolite where the construction workers should build concrete walls. Just one year after my exam I was called up for my conscription service, 15 months as an arctic rifle platoon commander. After that I went on to study at Uppsala University, my subjects were History, Political Science, History of Ideas and finally a major in History. After that I was asked to become a PhD student in History, which I then applied for and consequently was accepted. I then wrote a theoretically driven network study on how appointments for professorships within the discipline of history were affected by personal social connections. After 4 years as a PhD student I had finished my thesis. I immediately got engaged in writing the history of the creation of Södertörn University College in Stockholm. That was a 2 year project with some teaching in between resulting in the book Idéer och autonomi i universitetsvärlden. En fallstudie över Södertörns högskolas tidiga historia. When I finished my thesis I already had started to work part-time as a temporarily hired assisting professor at a range of institutions (Mid-Sweden University College in Östersund, Gävle University College, History of Ideas, Uppsala University, Mid-Sweden University Härnösand). Concurrently for a couple of years I participated in the European Science Foundation project “Representation of the Past – The Writing of National Histories in 19th and 20th Century Europe”. There I conducted research for one of the resulting books in the project, all the map data for the map book Atlas of European Historiography. The Making of a Profession. All of this reinforced my research profile regarding the study of academia and universities themselves.
In 2005 I applied to be a research fellow at The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) and was chosen for one of the two positions (19 people applied). After 2 years at this position I was promoted, in competition with others, to the job of assistant professor at SEDU. In this position I have taught and conducted research within the discipline of War Studies and have been very glad to contribute with teaching and research to the positive development of SEDU in general but to the discipline of War Studies in particular. In the last years I have been a visiting research fellow at the Centre of Conflict, Rule of Law and Society, Bournemouth University, a co-operation which has benefited both parts (among other things I would like to mention tutoring one of their PhD-students). I have also been engaged in a range of different NATO contexts due to my work at SEDU: “Counter Hybrid Threat Experiment”, 2011 in Tallinn; the Exploratory Team MSG-ET-043 on Hybrid Warfare Modelling and Simulation, 2016 in Rome; the Workshop for the Strategic Military Partners Conference (SMPC), Izmir 2016. All of these contributed to my publications these past years, a range of articles and a book within the discipline of war studies, which is the second leg upon which my research profile rests, besides the study of science and universities. My clear objective is to further my research profile within wars studies in the coming years.
- *) Assistant Professor (lektor) War Studies, Swedish National Defence College, Stockholm (January 2007-)
- *) Head of research (2010- 2018) of ground tactics section Swedish Defence University (SEDU)
- *) Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of Conflict, Rule of Law and Society, Bournemouth University (January 2015 -)
- *) From September 2018 – December 2018, PfP research fellow at NATO Defence College, Rome.
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