Østensen, Åse Gilje
DepartmentNorwegian Defence University College, Royal Norwegian Naval Academy
PositionProject coordinator/Assistant Professor
E-mailaostensen@fhs.mil.no


Østensen has a phd degree from the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen.

At NDUC/Royal Norwegian Naval Academy she specializes in private security and military companies as well as challenges regarding the intersection of civil and military work.




Field of interest

  • Private security and military companies in the West and in Russia 
  • Defense in general 
  • International security policy
  • Defense development
  • "Hybrid" threats

Books/reports/dissertations

  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2013. "The political agency of private military and security companies: Governors in the making". Doctoral dissertation, University of Bergen.
  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2011. UN Use of Private Military and Security Companies. Practices and Policies. Report, The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.
  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2009. Outsourcing peace? The United Nations' use of private security and military companies. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.
Full list

Parts of books/reports

  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2016. "Reconfiguring power and insecurity in the Afghan context. The consequences of outsourcing security in high risk societies". In The Ashgate Research Companion to Security Outsourcing in the 21st Century, edited by Joakim Berndtsson and Christopher Paul Kinsey. Ashgate.
  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2013. "Norway: Keeping up appearances". In Commercialising security in Europe : political consequences for peace operations, edited by Anna Leander, 18–36. Routledge.

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Berndtsson, Joakim and Åse Gilje Østensen. 2015. The Scandinavian Approach to Private Maritime Security — A Regulatory Façade? Ocean Development and International Law 46 (2): 138–152.
  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2014. Implementers or Governors? The Expanding Role for Private Military and Security Companies within the Peace Operations Network. International Community Law Review 16 : 423–442.
  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2013. In the business of peace: the political influence of private military and security companies on UN peacekeeping. International Peacekeeping 20 (1): 33–47.
  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2011. In from the cold? Self-legitimating the market for private security. Global Change, Peace & Security 23 (3): 369–385.

Non-refereed articles

  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2018. Forskning på Sjømakt ved SKSK. Dogwatch .
  • Østensen, Åse Gilje. 2014. Kameloner i Strid og Fred. Om Private Sikkerhets og militære Selskap. Pacem : militært tidsskrift for etisk og teologisk refleksjon 17 (1): 5–23.
Published 19 November 2019 13:11.. Last updated 10 December 2019 09:27.