Nordic Edge: Security and Risk Governance in the Smart City

Centre for risk management and societal safety will chair and co-host a session on "smart city" security at the 2017 Nordic Edge Expo.

Parallell session during Nordic Edge Expo, Wednesday 27. September 14:00 - 15:30:

Security and Risk Governance in the Smart City. Managing the Unintended Consequences of Urban Technologies.

About the session:

Smart technologies may provide new and more efficient tools for increasing safety and security in cities. At the same time, such technologies may also raise dilemmas and become “wicked problems”, challenging social values and demand responses across sectors and responsibilities.

In this session, the presentations will highlight some smart technologies for increased safety, how smart technologies may impact on risk governance in cities, and lastly discuss some core dilemmas in using such technologies in order to improve safety.

Safety is a basic social value. In order to maintain and develop safety and security in cites, there is a need for efficient tools for analyzing emerging risks in urban settings and appropriate systems for risk governance.


  • Risk Governance in Smart CitiesOrtwin Renn, Professor and Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) 
  • Developing Smart Cities - Dilemmas in Societal Safety and SecurityOdd Einar Olsen, Professor Risk Management and Societal Safety, University of Stavanger 
  • Policy and Tools for Safe Technologies – Challenges in Risk analysis and Vulnerability Assessments: Janne Hagen, Head Engineer and Project Manager for The Cyber Security Regulation Project, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)
  • Roundtable Discussion: Risk, Security And Societal Values – Implications For Nordic Smart Cities? (30 minutes). Participants: Odd Einar Olsen, Ortwin Renn, Janne Hagen 


Co-organizers: SEROS – Centre for risk management and societal safety, University of Stavanger and NordSTEVA – Nordic Centre for Security Technologies and Societal Values.

Session chair: Kenneth Pettersen, Associate professor, University of Stavanger

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