Therese Sefton is a PhD candidate at Oslo Metropolitan University, specialization in Business Administration, Innovation and Governance. Her research focus is currently on crisis management in Nordic municipalities, in the NRC funded research project POLYGOV (www.polygov.org).
The current research focus is on crisis management, local government, public administration and governance, decision-making and proportionality, in the Nordic context, with a strong interest in aspects of democracy, legitimacy and accountability, and citizenship,
She holds an M.Phil. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo. Her educational background is interdisciplinary and includes Political Science, History, international relations, global studies.
Therese is also interested in questions related to regional cooperation, and international relations, in particular the relationship between Sweden and Norway, and Nordic Cooperation during- and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis.
Fields of study
Public and private administration Comparative politics Political science and organisational theory
Intergovernmental relations Pandemic Civil protection and crisis management Stat, bureaucracy Crises Coronary pandemic Coordination Proportionality
Denmark Finland Faroe Islands Greenland Iceland Norway Sweden
Publications and research
Nordensvärd, Johan; Sefton, Therese; Godenhjelm, Sebastian (2023). Interpreting the state–citizen nexus in contemporary Nordic legal and social citizenship: The case of divergence in restriction on freedom of movement as a mitigation policy in the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy .
Sefton, Therese (2022). Applying Proportionality in decision-making in times of crisis: Towards an analytical framework?. Nordiska kommunforskar konferansen (NORKOM) Reykjavik 2022. Norkom and Reykjavik University.
Sefton, Therese (2022). Perspectives on proportionality in managing health crises. TAD16 - Strategic Management of Public Sector Transformation in Turbulent Times: Enhancing Collaborative Governance and Co-creation of Public Value. European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
Sefton, Therese (2022). Problems of coordination across institutional and territorial boundaries: A study of Nordic municipal responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Brown bag Nordregio. Nordregio. www.polygov.org