Technology and the Making of Europe

EUROCRIT

Europe Goes Critical: The Emergence and Governance of Critical Transnational European Infrastructures (EUROCRIT)

Project leader: Arne Kaijser

EUROCRIT takes as its point of departure a novel approach to the study of critical infrastructures, by reconstructing the long-term historical emergence and evolution of these. It takes as its point of departure the expansion of infrastructures in Europe both through the interconnection across national borders and through interconnections of different kinds of infrastructures with one another. Those connections created new forms of interdependencies and shared vulnerabilities among nations in Europe. The project inquires how actors of different kinds have interpreted such interdependencies and vulnerabilities, and developed institutions for handling them.

This enables us to contribute novel ideas both to historical studies of infrastructures (adding the notion of vulnerability as well as a pan-European perspective) and to more policy- and practice-oriented research on critical infrastructures (adding the historical dimension).

The project consists of six Integrated Projects and two Associated Partners, from institutes and universities from eight countries.The projects primarily focus on European energy infrastructures (emphasis on gas and electricity), nuclear energy, communication systems and cybernatization.

Collaboration in the project takes place through a series of workshops (two per year), which are prepared in such a way as to use them for constructive work on an edited volume. The edited volume will be the single most important result from the research carried out within this CRP, and it is also the main end product of our intra-CRP collaboration. The editor team consists of Arne Kaijser, Per Högselius, Erik van der Vleuten, and Anique Hommels.

Each IP and AP will also produce its own products in the form of articles or books. Furthermore we also foresee that some articles will be co-authored by researchers from different IP/APs.

 

Eurocrit group

The Eurocrit group (Picture by Eefje Cleophas)

 

Watch the introduction video of the project Europe goes Critical. The Emergence and Governance of Critical Transnational Infrastructures by project leader Arne Kaijser!

 

Key Publications

  • Högselius, P. (2009), "The internationalization of the European electricity industry: the case of Vattenfall", Utilities Policy, 37:1 (254-263).
  • Van der Vleuten, E. (2008), "Towards a transnational history of technology: meanings, promises, pitfalls", Technology and Culture, 49, (974-994).

 

Working Papers