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


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

She teaches her own course called Surveillance: Data, Technologies, Practices since autumn 2017 (KRIM2957/4957) (pauses in 2020).

She also enjoys the supervision of BA (KRIM2101) and MA students (KRIM5001) - 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.


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, investigates 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. Forthcoming.
  • 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. (withJonathan 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

  • Technology, biology and evidence - a relationship in flux [EVIDENCE], The Research Council of Norway "Young Researcher Talent" [Personal], 7.900.000 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. Her Post Doc project is called “Deviance and the Digital”. She has received the Young Researcher Talent Grant for EVIDENCE "Technology, biology and evidence - a relationship in flux". At the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), she is a senior researcher on two projects, one that studies China's and India's biometric borders and the other explores the use of AI in warfare. 


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  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2017). Resilience, Emergencies and the Internet: Security In-Formation.. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-138-29098-3.  219 s.

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  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). Algorithms in Law Enforcement.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020, 08. april). Corona Apps – Where Are We Headed?. [Internett].  PRIO Blog.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). Das ist ein Geheimnis.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). Ekspertmøte om Kunstig Intelligens og Likestilling.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). Police surveillance & algorithms: Socio-legal perspectives.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020, 06. april). Smittesporing – hvor er vi på vei?.  Dagsavisen.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). The Use of Big Data and Algorithms in the Police.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). The life cycle of an algorithm: understanding relationships between humans and technology.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). Vocations, visions and vitalities of data analysis. An introduction. Information, Communication & Society.  ISSN 1369-118X.  s 1- 15 . doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2020.1777320
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2020). Å hacke overvåking.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2019). Answering Surveillance.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2019). Hacking as a Practice of Disputing Online Surveillance.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2019). Invited commentary about prediction algorithms.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2019). Key Note: "Deviance and the digital: Criminology in the digitalized era".
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2019, 27. august). Partiet du blir anbefalt: NRKs valgomat-team reflekterer over algoritmenes makt. [Internett].  NRKbeta.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2019). ​Who connects the dots? Agents and agency in prediction algorithms.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Algorithmic analysis and the role of patterns for predictive policing.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Algorithms in law enforcement.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018, 23. november). CDN outreach - going beyond the workshop series.. [Internett].  Critical Data Network.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018, 19. desember). Can there be too much automation?. [Internett].  Critical Data Network.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Data Criticality & Smart Technologies in the Media with a visit of NRKbeta.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018, 25. oktober). Data criticality and brain research. [Internett].  Critical Data Network.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Data criticality in brain research/the life sciences.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Digital Data in Intelligence and Police Work.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Doing Internet Research with Hard-to-reach Populations.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Doing and Mediating Critique - An invitation to practice companionship.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Drone/Body.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Hacking online surveillance.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). I'm Not A Robot.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018, 08. oktober). Media & data-driven technologies. [Internett].  Critical Data Network.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Prediction Algorithms - Visual Security Machines Roundtable.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Predictive Policing and the Politics of Patterns.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Resilience and surveillance - a comment on Richard Jones, Charles Raab & Ivan Szekely's model on resilience and surveillance.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Resilience, Emergencies and the Internet.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Røverdatter - Film Screening & Book launch: Prisons, Punishment and the Family.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Social media use and the 22nd of July.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018, 15. mars). Sosiale medier når terror rammer. [Radio].  NRK Verdibørsen.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). The Use of Algorithms in Law Enforcement.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2018). Theorizing technology.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile; Leese, Matthias & Egbert, Simon (2018). Predictive policing and the Politics of patterns.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile & Liden, Kristoffer (2018). Data, Security, Values: Vocations and Visions of Data Analysis.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2017). Etter mennesket? Fra singularitet til særegenhet.. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847. . doi:
  • Syse, Henrik; Ezzati, Rojan; Erdal, Marta Bivand; Thorbjørnsrud, Kjersti; Figenschou, Tine Ustad; Kaufmann, Mareile; Lysaker, Odin & Steen, Francis Frode Østberg (2017). Negotiating Values: Norway in the wake of July 22. PRIO Report. 2017.
  • Bergersen, Stine; Kaufmann, Mareile & Walther, Gerald (2016). D91.3 - Ethical Procedures, Risks and Safeguards.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2016). After Snowd​​​en: New Arenas for Politics and the Digital & Announceme​nt of Special Issue "Politics and the Digital" (forthcoming 2017)​ - Organizer and Chair.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2016). Commentator on Mireille Hildebrandt's presentation: Artificial Police Agents: Looking Awry.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2016). Commentator on Rocco Bellanova: Talking (ab)out security algorithms and digital data.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2016). On hacking and different understandings of risk and value.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2016). Politikk og overvåking etter Snowden. NRK Ytring. . doi:
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2016). Resilience: At the limits of legal regulation?.
  • Kaufmann, Mariele (2016). Resilience - governance and in/security in interconnected societies.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2013). Resilience Regulation and Networked Spaces.
  • Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Kaufmann, Mareile; Lohne, Kjersti & Karlsrud, John (2013). Big data, data protection and humanitarian decision making: challenges to accountability and transparency.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (ed.) (2012). 3.2 ValueSec Catalogue of evaluated Methodologies and Tools available, which address security decisions.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (ed.) (2012). 3.3 ValueSec Evaluation of Methods and Tools, and the required improvements.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2012). Embracing unknowns: Emergency, resilience and the epistemology of complexity.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2012). Networks, Security and Resilience.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2012). Resilience: A Stock-Taking. Key Characteristics and Implications for Human and Societal Security Policy. PRIO Policy Brief. 12.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile (2011). 3.1 ValueSec Framework for the Assessment of Methods and Tools, which address security decisions.
  • Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Lohne, Kjersti & Kaufmann, Mareile (2011). Terror Threats, Data Protection and Human Security: A Shifting Interface in Norwegian Law?.

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