Gothia protection Group


  • Physical, Technical and Personal Security Solutions
  • KAM for Russian-Swedish conglomerate
  • Executive protection services
  • Coorporate investigations and covert surveillance




  • Managing director and lead consultant
  • Risk, security and crisis management advisory
  • Corporate and private clients worldwide


University of West London

2018 - Ongoing

  • Lecturer in Criminology
  • Anti-corruption Consultant
  • Fraud & Corruption compliance, audit and investigations.
  • Strategy, risk and performance analyst
  • Non-exec advisory




Certification number: 1322380

The uniquely management-focused CISM certification promotes international security practices and recognizes the individual who manages designs, and oversees and assesses an enterprise’s information security.


The Certified Protection Professional credential provides demonstrable proof of knowledge and management skills in eight key domains of security. Those who earn the CPP are ASIS board-certified in security management.



The Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (CACFS) qualification is specifically designed for practitioners whose work roles are concerned with counter fraud and anti-corruption activities.




University of Gothenburg, 2002

The programme Problem Solving in Natural Science included mathematics, physics and environmental science. It started in 1995 with support from the Council for the Renewal of Higher Education, one of several projects aimed at testing new approaches where group work was an important element. It also mixed theoretical and applied scientific approaches. 

My thesis, ‘Desalination of the Bothnian bay’, a feasibility study and mathematical model as a theoretical framework for creating a large sustainable repository of fresh water.


Security management

University of Portsmouth, 2014

Security management and enhanced professionalism has become an increasingly important issue in organisations, to protect their people, assets, information and reputation. Core courses are; security management, countering fraud and corruption, international corruption, crisis management and corporate governance.

My dissertation, ‘The unintended consequences of EU crisis management militarisation’, a documentary analysis for a grounded theory of the discourse on the EU-NATO collaboration as part of crisis management. It aims to answer the question, whether or not further militarisation is necessary for EU crisis response to be deemed comprehensive?



University of Portsmouth ,Ongoing

Fully funded PhD bursary, titled: ‘Widespread corruption within the EU – Perception or reality?

The research is designed to develop a substantial theory of the perception of corruption in the Member States of the EU. It aims to answer the question; how the perception of corruption can be described and explained, as well as how it relates to the ‘reality’ found by recent surveys?

Based on the EU Commission 2014 report on corruption, filling an identified gap in current research, my methodology for grounded theory is based on in-depth interviews with key stakeholders.

This position also includes speaking at conferences, developing interactive presentations and giving lectures.


  • Stiernstedt, P., & Button, M. (2018). Norms, values and corruption. In I. Kubbe & A. Engelbert (Eds.), Corruption and Norms – Why informal rules matter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. LINK

  • Button, M., & Stiernstedt, P. (2016). Comparing private security regulation in the European Union. Policing and Society, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/10439463.2016.1161624
  • Stiernstedt, P. (2016). The Perils of Accurately Measuring Fraud and Corruption: Is it Only Worth Doing When Public Money is at Stake? In M. Petrigh (Ed.), Security and Risk Management - Critical Reflections and International Perspectives (Vol. 1). London: Centre for Security Failures Studies. LINK

  • Button, M., & Stiernstedt, P. (2016). The evolution of security industry regulation in the European Union. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/01924036.2016.1270842

Membership affiliations



ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities, and the public.


As an independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes by its acronym only, to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves.


The Security Institute is the largest membership organisation for security professionals in the UK. We have members from all over the world.
Membership gives credibility, enhances career prospects, provides a network of excellent contacts, offers mentoring, continual professional development and a wide range of networking opportunities. 

Intended consequences of purposive action

From Problem Solving in Natural Sciences at Gothenburg University, engulfed in math, physics and environmental science. To advanced Security Consultancy at Gothia Protection Group, leading the creation of the first ever gated community on the Swedish west coast. All the way to  managing my own company established in Spain, providing exclusive high-end management services to both business and individuals. 

Perhaps not all of the twist and turns of my professional career has been intended, but every single one has subsequently led to an exceptionally broad and uniquely grounded career. 

The focus is on the EU, both internally as a supranational institution as well as externally, expressed in its foreign policy. An equal focus rest with its constituent Member States, particularly Sweden, Spain and the UK. Universal questions are mixed with relevant particulars to highlight, explain and analyse high politics, international relations and human rights to name a few. The individual perspective is also considered, from the single citizen via the labour market and corporate structures to the societal concerns of risk, security and crisis management. 

The current endeavour to obtain a PhD rests upon the conviction that education is very important to both your personal and professional life, in a number of significant ways. Probably the most obvious reason for the importance of education is to acquire the subject matter and basic knowledge needed to get by in everyday life and more particularly to meet the ever-increasing demands posed by modern businesses. Having said that, experience comes in at a close second. If it is one thing my journey across the globe has thought me so far is that very little is known. The world is all too often presumptuously misunderstood but for every bit that is revealed the more intricate and beautiful it becomes. Thus, by combining an expanding personal knowledge base with actual encounters and first hand experience you have a winning recipe.

The plan is a simple as it is unequivocal; to continue to deliver high quality results and to never ever stop learning, evolving, adapting and consequently excelling at what I do. 


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