Martin Nøkleberg

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Academic interests

Martin Nøkleberg’s PhD project examines how security is governed in areas characterized by flows (of persons and goods), and the main issues addressed in the project are concerned with security, collaboration and regulation. 


Martin Nøkleberg holds a Master degree in Administration and organization theory from the University of Bergen (2014). His master thesis, ‘Sammen for sikkerhet? En casestudie av sikkerhetsforvaltningen i Bergen’, explores the governance of security in the city of Bergen. The thesis has subsequently been published as an article in the journal “Nordisk politiforskning” (Security Governance – An Empirical Analysis of the Norwegian Context).

After finishing his master degree, Nøkleberg has worked as a research assistant at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory and the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. Here, Nøkleberg taught in several courses. 

Project description 

The main aim of Nøkleberg’s study is to examine how collaboration is governed by actors working with security in areas characterized by flows. To investigate this, the project is concerned with analyzing how collaboration is perceived and understood by different organizations, charting how collaborative relations and processes are developing, as well as exploring possible prerequisites of effective collaboration. 

The empirical starting point of the project is airports and maritime ports in Norway. Airports and ports are seen as important and critical infrastructure for the flow of people and goods. The areas are thus perceived to be highly important and at the same time vulnerable nodes within the global mobility and trade regime. This highlights an important linkage between security and flow, in which airports and ports are spaces that clearly need to be secured; both the spaces themselves and the flows that run through. Accordingly, the sites are subject to a comprehensive control and regulation regime with regard of security. 

But more importantly, the security infrastructure at the airports and maritime ports involves multiple organizations (public or private) that must work together/collaborate in order to effectively create conditions to address particular vulnerabilities and threats derived from the flow. The different policing agencies may be guided by their interests, responsibilities, powers, and logics. Moreover, these differences can influence the way in which collaboration is perceived. To explore these collaborative processes and relations within the maritime port and airport landscape in Norway, the project relies on a mixed- method approach. As such, data is derived from a survey and from interviews with key policing and security agencies. 


Nøkleberg teaches, or have teached, these subjects:

In 2018 he supervises two master students. He also grades different subjects at The Norwegian Police University College. 

Academic fields of knowledge

  • Port and airport security 
  • Security
  • Plural policing
  • Governance
  • Social network analysis

Positions of trust

  • Leader (from 2017) for the "Young Nordic police research network"
  • Member of the Programme Board at IKRS


  • Competence Center for Crime Prevention grant, 2018
  • Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology Travel Grant, 2016


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  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2020). Sosial nettverksanalyse og institusjonelle landskap: Polisiær virksomhet som eksempel .
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2019). Security networks and plural policing in Norwegian ports.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2018). Security networks – power, brokerage and information exchange.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2018). Security networks – power, brokerage and information exchange.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). Sikkerhet og nettverk – opplevelse av samarbeid i polisiær virksomhet.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). Nettverksteori og sosial nettverksanalyse.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). The dynamic space of airports and ports – regulation, policing and governing of flows.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). Understanding the perception of collaboration within security networks.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). Exploring the perception of collaboration within security networks.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). Plural policing, nodal governance og state anchored pluralism.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). Gaining Access to Security Environments in Norway. Translational Criminology. Spring.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). The challenges of negotiating research access to police organization.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2017). The challenges of negotiating research access to police organization.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2016). Reflections on security – an essentially contested concept?
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2016). Governing security in spaces of flows - A comparative study of the security governance at airports and maritime ports in Norway and Australia.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2016). Bridging the disciplines through the concept of security?
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2016). Governing security in spaces of flows.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2016). The history and nature of flows – an exploration of the continuity and changes of the policing of flows.
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2015). Nettverksteori – sosial nettverksanalyse, hva er det og hva kan det brukes til?
  • Nøkleberg, Martin (2015). Managing the flows of electrons and men in South Africa’s Minerals-Energy-Complex: regulation, governance and policing.
  • Ulrich, Stein; Nøkleberg, Martin & Gundhus, Helene Oppen Ingebrigtsen (2020). Schengen evaluation: An educational experience the example of Norway. Politihøgskolen. ISSN 0807-1721. 2020(1).

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Published Sep. 11, 2015 10:47 AM - Last modified June 26, 2018 9:44 AM