The research programme Sovereignty and Social Contestation addresses the interaction between power, authority and legitimacy, which it seeks to connect with social movements, protest and conflict. Most (but not all) of the research uses a qualitative approach and ethnographic methods. Our research is not limited to the territorial and political sovereignty of nation states and also considers other dimensions and processes of sovereignty and conflict in relation to life and body, resources, non-state social structures and institutions and moral and cultural arrangements. We study the cohesion between different scales from the local to the global level.