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Crisis Management

Crisis management is an integrated part of efforts to increase societal safety, and is providing important knowledge to the total concept.

The research field comprises theories, principles, and methods for crisis management in all phases of crisis. This includes different fases, from the pre-emergency preparation, via acute and late emergency response, to rehabilitation and recovery with a special emphasis on learning and rebuilding a more resilient society.

The research contributions find its applications both at the individual level (perception and preparation), the organisational level (politics, learning, preparation, crisis management and communication), and at the societal level (politics and strategy, organisation, coordination and communication).

Key issues addressed are:

  • The analysis of unlikely events
  • The politics of crisis management and preparation to handle the unexpected
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Principles of crisis management and coordination in crisis
  • Crisis management as a combination of anticipated and resilient strategies, including the utilization of local capacities
  • Decision-making in a dynamic environment and natural decision making
  • The role of traditional and new media in preparation, crisis management and recovery

A traditional paradigm in crisis management research is to regard the national state as the main actor to secure societal safety. An important objective of our research is to develop a scientific framework of societal safety in relation to national and transboundary threats and risks, and the increasing subsequent need for international response capacities. In this international perspective, local resources and expertise are getting more attention both in the research and practical set-ups.