Mareile Kaufmann

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Academic interests

  • Understandings of crime in digitized societies

  • Surveillance and engaging with surveillance (hacking, encryption)

  • Digital technologies, their societal impacts and emerging regulation

  • Critical theory

  • Body and affect

  • Representations of all of the above in art Projects


Kaufmann holds a PhD in Sociology (Criminology) from Hamburg University. Her PhD deals with security practices and concepts of resilience in societies that are connected to the Internet. She has been a doctoral student and senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), where she still holds a minor position as a senior researcher. Her current work consolidates and further shapes the field of digital criminology. Her post-doc project, for example, investigated how digital technologies and practices influence our ideas about crime and surveillance. She has ample experience in FP7 and RCN-funded projects on security, technology and related topics. She has consulted for the Norwegian Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsmann and the Norwegian Department of Justice and Preparedness.

During the past years she has visited the Political Science Department at the University of Essex, the Norwegian Center at the University of California in Berkeley, the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zürich, the International Centre for Comparative Criminology at Université de Montréal, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin, the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) at the University of Copenhagen and the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society i Berlin. 

Mareile is the lead-author of Predictive Policing and the Politics of Patterns. The British Journal of Criminology (BJC) and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies have selected the article to win the Radzinowicz Prize 2019. She is also the author of Resilience, Emergencies and the Internet (Routledge, 2017) and Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism (Lit-Verlag, 2010). Mareile actively peer reviews for journals and book publishers. She regularly edits special issues:

  • Vocations, Visions and Vitalities of Data Analysis. Information, Communication and Society.
  • Pragmatic Engagements with and from within the Internet. First Monday 25th Anniversary Issue. (with Anna Leander and Nanna Bonde Thylstrup)
  • Doing and Mediating Critique. Security Dialogue 50th Anniversary Issue. (with Jonathan L. Austin and Rocco Bellanova)
  • Politics and "the digital". European Journal of Social Theory. (with Julien Jeandesboz)
  • Resilience. Security Dialogue (with Myriam Dunn Cavelty and Kristian Søby Kristensen). This issue got re-featured in Security Dialogue's collection Plagues, Peoples Politics under the COVID-19 pandemics.

Awards and grants

  • The changing relationships between digital technologies, DNA and evidence [Digital DNA], European Research Council, Horizon 2020 Framework Programme ERC-2020-STG [Personal], 16.358.121 NOK
  • Bodies of Evidence, The Research Council of Norway "Young Researcher Talent" [Personal], 6.150.000 NOK
  • e-Topia: China, India and Biometric Borders, The Research Council of Norway "UTENRIKS" [Common effort], 12.000.000 NOK
  • Warring with machines: Military applications of AI and the relevance of virtue ethics, The Research Council of Norway "SAMKUL" [Common effort], 14.083.000 NOK
  • Critical Data Network, The Research Council of Norway “SAMKUL networks" [Personal], 298.000 NOK
  • Nordic Center for Security Technologies and Societal Values [NordSteva], NordForsk Center of Excellence, Nordforsk [Common effort], 22.000.000 NOK
  • Negotiating Values: Collective Identities and Resilience after 22/7 [NECORE], The Research Council of Norway “SAMKUL” [Common effort], 8.950.000 NOK
  • Communicating Risk in the Digital Age [DIGICOM], The Research Council of Norway “SAMRISK II” [Common effort], 5.599.000 NOK
  • Lieselotte Pongratz Stiftung Publication Grant [Personal grant]
  • Übersee-Club stipend for gifted young academics [Personal]


Mareile is currently working on several projects. She works on an ERC Starting Grant to study the changing relationships between digital technologies, DNA and evidence, as well as the Young Researcher Talent project "Bodies of Evidence". 


Mareile taught seminars in KRIM2000 from autumn 2016 - 2018. She holds lectures in KRIM2000 and KRIM1300.

She taught her own course called Surveillance: Data, Technologies, Practices since autumn 2017 (KRIM2957/4957) (pauses due to project work).

She also enjoys the supervision of BA students (KRIM2101), MA students (KRIM5001) and PhD students - mainly in her fields of interest. Mareile welcomes students who are interested in her work. Students should, however, reach out to Mareile via mail first to make an appointment.

Published Aug. 15, 2016 2:28 PM - Last modified Aug. 12, 2021 3:21 PM