Are Vegard Haug is a political scientist (PhD) and Research Director at NOVA and Associate Professor II at Department of Law, BI. He was previously head of the Department of Political Science - and management at the University of Agder. His research interests are local government and regional development, welfare states, political economy, innovation, organization and management, democracy and law. Recent research projects include organizational models and management in Public Sector, governance, welfare models, media, culture, Nordic regional development, organization and management of ICT-inspired innovations, privacy and security. Haug also has extensive teaching and lecturing experience.