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Ove Njå { "honorific-suffix": "Professor", "fn": "Ove Njå", "tel": "Telefon: 51832268", "email": "" }

Avdeling/enhet Det teknisk- naturvitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt/senter Institutt for industriell økonomi, risikostyring og planlegging
Rom KE D-434

Born: 1963, Nationality: Norwegian, Degrees: Master's degree (material technology with specializing in safety technology) and Ph.D in Safety and Emergency Management, 1993 and 1998, respectively.


Ove Njå is professor of Risk and Emergency Management at the University of Stavanger (UiS) (2000-). Njå is a Principle Researcher at International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). He is a visiting professor at Stord/Haugesund University College. His professional career includes five years in the civil engineering industry (BBA Consult, Multiconsult), ten years in the petroleum industry (Sørco) and more than 15 years in research and education. Njå has participated in and led a large number of risk and safety related projects.


The research covers risk analysis, risk analysis methods, risk acceptance, risk management, emergency preparedness, emergency response performance, technical safety and crisis management.

Utvalgte publikasjoner

    Books (1998-)

    1. Aven, T., Boyesen, M., Njå, O., Olsen, K. H. and Sandve, K., (2004). Societal Safety (in Norwegian) The University Press, Oslo.
    2. Njå, O. (1998). ?Approach for Assessing the Performance of Emergency Response Arrangements?, Ph.D.-dissertation, Stavanger University College/Aalborg University



    Papers in international journals with referee (2006-)

  1. Njå, O. & Nøkland, T.E. (2006). ?Implementing risk analysis in the railway sector ? lessons learned?. Archives of Transport (AT), 17(3-4), 177-191.
  2. Njå, O. & Nesvåg, S.M. (2007). ?Traffic Behaviour among Adolescents Using Mopeds and Light Motorcycle?. Journal of Safety Research, 38, 481-492.
  3. Njå, O. & Rake, E.L. (2008). ?An Essay on Research Methodology: An Alternative Approach to Incident Command Research through Participatory Action Research?. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 16(2), 91-100.
  4. Njå, O. & Rake, E.L. (2009). ?A discussion of decision theories applied in incident command?. International Journal of Emergency Management, 6(1), 55-72.
  5. Rake, E.L. and Njå, O. (2009). ?Perceptions and performances of experienced incident commanders?. Journal of Risk Research, 12(5), 665-686.
  6. Njå, O. & Fjelltun, S.H. (2010). ?Managers' attitudes of safety measures in the commercial road transport sector?. Safety Science 48, 1073-1080.
  7. Sommer, M. & Njå, O. (2010). Scandinavian comparison of selection and training of incident commanders in the fire fighting sectors. Journal of Emergency Management 8(2), 75-86.
  8. Jore, S. H., & Njå, O. (2010). Risk of terrorism ? a scientific valid phenomenon or a wild guess? The impact of different scientific risk approaches in terrorism risk assessments. CAADAD Journal, 4(2), 197-216.
  9. Njå, O. & Solberg, Ø., (2010). Safety Considerations in Political Decisions. A Case Study of Changes to the Norwegian Aviation System. Review of Policy Research 27(5), 595-619.
  10. Sommer, M. & Njå, O. (2011). Learning amongst Norwegian fire-fighters. Journal of Workplace Learning 23(7), 435-455.
  11. Njå, O. & Braut, G.S. (2011). Investigation of incidents in systems designed or developed on basis of risk analyses. Safety Science Monitor 15(1).
  12. Njå, O. (2011). Adolescents riding mopeds compared to adolescents riding light motorcycles. Safety Science Monitor 15(2).
  13. Solberg, Ø. & Njå, O. (2012). The ontological status of risk. Journal of Risk Research 15(9), 1201-1215.
  14. Borg, A. & Njå, O. (2013). The concept of validation in performance-based fire safety engineering. Safety Science 52(0), 57-64.
  15. Sommer, M., & Njå, O. (2012). Dominant Learning Processes in Emergency Response Organizations: A Case Study of a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 20(4), 219-230.
  16. Njå, O. & Braut, G.S. (2013). Components of a tool to address learning from accident investigation in the offshore industry. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 6(0), 40-49.
  17. Sommer, M., Njå, O. & Braut, G.S. (2013). A model for learning in emergency response work. International Journal of Emergency Management, 9(2), 151-169.
  18. Bjelland, H., Njå, O., Braut, G.S & Heskestad, A.W. (2013). A Discussion of the Concepts of Safety Level and Safety Margin: Applications in Fire Safety Design for Occupants in Buildings. Fire Technology.
  19. Rimstad, R., Njå, O., Rake, E. L. & Braut, G. S. (2014). Incident Command and Information Flows in a Large-Scale Emergency Operation. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 22(1), 29-38.
  20. Borg, A., Hustedt, B. P. & Njå, O. (2014). The concept of validation of numerical models for consequence analysis. Reliability Engineering and Systems Safety 125(0), 36-45.
  21. Braut, G. S., & Solberg, Ø. Njå, O., (2013). Learning in the aftermath of the Tretten and Åsta train accidents. To appear in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.
  22. Vastveit, Kirsti Russell, Eriksson, Kerstin & Njå, Ove (2014). Critical reflections on municipal risk and vulnerability analyses as decisionsupport tools; the role of regulation regimes. To appear in Environment, Systems & Decisions.
  23. Borg, A., Bjelland, H. & Njå, O. (2014). Reflections on Bayesian Network models for road tunnel safety design: A case study from Norway. Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, 43(0), 300-314.
  24. Borg, Audun, Njå, Ove, Torero, Jose (2014). Design fires in fire safety engineering ? an arbitrary selection or validated judgment? Resubmitted to Fire Technology
  25. Vastveit, K. R., Braut, G. S. & Njå O. (2013). Learning from exercises and accident investigations at a Scandinavian refinery; similarities and differences in approaches to improving safety. Accepted for publication in Safety Science, special issue 2015.

Pågående forskning

Njå has been the project leader of two research projects on Accident investigation and learning effects, initiated in 2007 and finalized in 2011. The projects included 3 PhD-students and it consisted of a consortium involving three research institutes/universities and two professional accident investigation agencies. The work is being followed up by a project containing a comparative study in a Norwegian and a Polish refinery.

Leader of the planning and execution of Ph.D projects on risk management and societal safety of which four projects in process.

Leader of a four year study on risk management in local, regional and national governments (Ministry of Justice/Directorate of emergency planning and civil protection)

Frame agreement on R&D projects with the Norwegian Public Roads Authorities.


Vitenskapelige publikasjoner (fra CRISTin)

  • Jenssen, Gunnar; Nordtømme, Marianne Elvsaas; Tinmannsvik, Ranveig Kviseth; Njå, Ove (2015). Metode for vurdering av effekter av Vegtilsynets virksomhet.. SINTEF. ISBN 9788214057942. 60 s.
  • Njå, Ove; Bjelland, Henrik; Braut, Geir Sverre (2015). Trafikksikkerhetspotensialet i Norsk Standard NS-ISO 39001. International Research Institute of Stavanger. ISBN 978-82-490-0849-0. 69 s.
  • Bjelland, Henrik; Heskestad, Atle William; Njå, Ove; Braut, Geir Sverre (2013). Fire safety management and socio-technical relationships: Exploring theories of safety constraints and coherence principles. SRA Europe; 2013-06-17 - 2013-06-19.
  • Njå, Ove; Gudmestad, Ove Tobias (2012). Disasters in Arctic Areas. 2012-08-26 - 2012-12-30.
  • Aven, Terje; Njå, Ove; Vinnem, Jan Erik (2011). Samfunnssikkerheten trues.
  • Borg, Audun; Njå, Ove (2011). The concept of validation in performance based fire safety engineering. 2011-06-24 - 2011-06-28.
  • Njå, Ove; Rake, Eivind L. (2011). Terror og beredskap - hva vil vi?.
  • Wiig, Siri; Njå, Ove (2011). Hvordan lærer man av sine feil?.