The Grey Zone

The Grey Zone is a research group at UiT The Arctic University of Norway that focuses on multiple challenges around understanding and addressing "grey zone" or hybrid threats and warfare. We explore both the ways in which these concepts are defined and understood, as well as what and how different threats are perceived, from individual, society, to state and international levels. Our research themes include: "People," "Geopolitics," "Law," and "Technology." We address different ways of managing possible threats, crises and warfare including local preparedness and societal trust, national preparedness strategies, Total Defense, and Whole-of-Government and Comprehensive Approaches. We are interested in understanding the complexities of a wide-ranging threat picture from the use of disinformation and psychological/information operations, to cyber attacks on infrastructure, to military incursions, resulting in the targeting of trust and security in societies.

The Grey Zone additionally functions to support and strengthen research and teaching in International Relations and Politics at UiT, consolidating International Politics competencies both on hybrid threats and warfare, but as well on security issues more generally speaking, Arctic security, international crises and operations, and science diplomacy.

The research group leader is Professor Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, and the coordinator is Arsalan Bilal (AB).

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