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Hovart, L., Eriksson, K., Frykmer, T. & McNamee, M. (2024). Citizen responsive contributions in wildfire crisis : Questions on lessons learned from the 2021 Finsjö fire. In: BOOK OF ABSTRACTS Nordic Fire & Safety: . Paper presented at Nordic Fire & Safety Days 2024 in Lund, Sweden. 18-19 June, 2024 (pp. 51).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Citizen responsive contributions in wildfire crisis : Questions on lessons learned from the 2021 Finsjö fire
2024 (English)In: BOOK OF ABSTRACTS Nordic Fire & Safety, 2024, p. 51-Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Series
RISE Rapport ; 2024:49
National Category
Materials Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-73655 (URN)10.23699/yns7-3n56 (DOI)978-91-89971-08-0 (ISBN)
Conference
Nordic Fire & Safety Days 2024 in Lund, Sweden. 18-19 June, 2024
Available from: 2024-06-24 Created: 2024-06-24 Last updated: 2024-07-04Bibliographically approved
Kvarnlöf, L. & Eriksson, K. (2024). Filling the void: Rural disaster volunteerism during the Swedish wildfires of 2018. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 105, Article ID 104393.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Filling the void: Rural disaster volunteerism during the Swedish wildfires of 2018
2024 (English)In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, E-ISSN 2212-4209, Vol. 105, article id 104393Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the summer of 2018, both fire and rescue services and volunteers fought against the extensive wildfires that spread over the northern parts of Sweden. The challenges were many and one of the most obvious was the lack of resources provided by the state, both material and human. This lack of official resources, together with the long distances that characterize the rural northern parts of Sweden, have been highlighted in subsequent evaluations as one of the main reasons for the widely spread fires. The lack of official resources in itself can be understood as a consequence of several years of dismantling and centralization of the Swedish fire and rescue service. However, the responses from the local community were enormous. Local volunteers, spontaneous as well as organized, assisted in firefighting; in providing food and services; in offering shelter for evacuated, and many other things. In disaster research, volunteer activities have often been described as something that “fills the void” when official resources are scarce. This seems to be particularly true in rural contexts. This paper applies a critical perspective on rural disaster volunteerism by framing it as an expression of rural vulnerability and peripheralization: as something that is performed as a compensatory act in rural communities affected by social dismantling. In other words, both place and politics are central in understanding rural voluntary activity. Inspired by the theoretical concept geographies of voluntarism, this paper argues that people make sense of volunteer initiatives in relation to both the place where these activities take place and in relation to the power relations associated with this place. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to explore how rural disaster volunteerism intersects with structural conditions of rurality. © 2024 The Authors

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Ltd, 2024
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-72798 (URN)10.1016/j.ijdrr.2024.104393 (DOI)2-s2.0-85188050674 (Scopus ID)
Note

The work was supported by FORMAS (Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning) under Grant number 2018-02120; and NordForsk under Grant number 97229, Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries (CliCNord).

Available from: 2024-05-16 Created: 2024-05-16 Last updated: 2024-05-16
Ek, Å., Eriksson, K. & Borell, J. (2024). Safety education at research facilities with radiation sources and short-term facility users – Current design and practice and possibilities for improvement. Heliyon, 10(12), Article ID e32675.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Safety education at research facilities with radiation sources and short-term facility users – Current design and practice and possibilities for improvement
2024 (English)In: Heliyon, E-ISSN 2405-8440, Vol. 10, no 12, article id e32675Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research facilities such as spallation sources and synchrotrons generate radiation for use in atomic-level or molecular-scale experiments. These facilities can be viewed as complex safety-critical systems. An important aspect of the safety management of such systems is the short safety education and training programme the users are required to undergo in order to gain facility access. As research on the topic is limited, this study aimed to increase the knowledge about current education design and practice using the perspectives of safety science and pedagogy. Study objectives were to identify preconditions that impact the safety education design, to describe current design and practice of the safety education, and to identify weaknesses and possibilities for improvement. Site visits with a total of 20 interviews were performed at three research facilities. The results show the need for sufficient resources to maintain learning activities for users, provide pedagogical continuing education for educators, and maintain safety culture-enhancing activities to meet the challenges of having large numbers of short-term facility users. Increased focus should be placed on safety-related competence needs and the mapping of these to match the competence of individual users. New thinking and innovation can benefit the design and provision of such education activities, based on both socio-technical system and system safety perspectives. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Ltd, 2024
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-73765 (URN)10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e32675 (DOI)2-s2.0-85195462239 (Scopus ID)
Note

This work was financially supported by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority [grant number SSM2017-2703]. 

Available from: 2024-06-26 Created: 2024-06-26 Last updated: 2024-06-26Bibliographically approved
Petridou, E., Johansson, R., Eriksson, K., Alirani, G. & Zahariadis, N. (2024). Theorizing reactive policy entrepreneurship: A case study of Swedish local emergency management. Policy Studies Journal, 52(1), 73
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Theorizing reactive policy entrepreneurship: A case study of Swedish local emergency management
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2024 (English)In: Policy Studies Journal, ISSN 0190-292X, E-ISSN 1541-0072, Vol. 52, no 1, p. 73-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we examine public policy change at the local level of governance in the aftermath of an extraordinary event. Using the case study of a Swedish municipality after the sweeping forest fire of 2014, we contend that policy entrepreneurship, like its market counterpart, may under certain conditions take on a wider range of behaviors that are not underpinned by the proactive quest for opportunities. Rather, a sense of urgency and necessity, professional norms, and some keen technical skills make for a different kind of entrepreneurship, which we label reactive policy entrepreneurship. © 2023 The Authors. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley and Sons Inc, 2024
Keywords
focusing events, forest fires, multiple streams framework, policy entrepreneurship
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-65726 (URN)10.1111/psj.12508 (DOI)2-s2.0-85165887840 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding: FORMAS, Sweden, FR‐2019/0002

Available from: 2023-08-08 Created: 2023-08-08 Last updated: 2024-06-07Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, K., Sjöström, J. & Vermina Plathner, F. (2024). “This community will grow” — little concern for future wildfires in a dry and increasingly hotter Swedish rural community. Regional Environmental Change, 24(2), Article ID 69.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“This community will grow” — little concern for future wildfires in a dry and increasingly hotter Swedish rural community
2024 (English)In: Regional Environmental Change, ISSN 1436-3798, E-ISSN 1436-378X, Vol. 24, no 2, article id 69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increased risk of wildfires is often highlighted in media coverage of climate change in the Nordic countries. How an increased risk is reflected in the concerns and adaptive measures within the most likely affected communities is nevertheless not known. This study investigates concerns and adaptation to wildfires in a rural community in south-eastern Sweden. The comparatively dry study area has a history of frequent but often low-consequence wildfires and is projected to experience Sweden’s largest increase in severe fire weather towards 2100. Through narratives, this study elucidates potential wildfire concerns in this area and motivations behind adaptation measures. The narratives are compared to a physical causal network extracted from the literature on fires and their consequences in the region. Residents foresee an increased wildfire risk but do not consider it a threat to the future well-being of the community. Forest owners and homeowners express low commitment in preventive or adaptive measures. Instead, contrasting the reality of the twentieth century, the fire service is currently considered to be responsible for both preventing and suppressing fires. This attitude is attributed to the lack of severe implications from the generally well-managed fires in the region. Actions for prevention and adaptation seem triggered by media attention or experience from real high-consequence events occurring elsewhere, rather than local wildfire occurrence or climate change projections. © The Author(s) 2024.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH, 2024
National Category
Climate Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-73277 (URN)10.1007/s10113-024-02227-2 (DOI)2-s2.0-85191088351 (Scopus ID)
Funder
NordForsk, 97229
Note

Open access funding provided by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. The research is a part of the Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries (CliCNord) research project that has received funding from the NordForsk Nordic Societal Security Programme under Grant Agreement No. 97229.

Available from: 2024-05-27 Created: 2024-05-27 Last updated: 2024-06-07Bibliographically approved
Vylund, L., Frykmer, T., McNamee, M. & Eriksson, K. (2024). Understanding Fire and Rescue Service Practices Through Problems and Problem-Solving Networks: An Analysis of a Critical Incident. Fire technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding Fire and Rescue Service Practices Through Problems and Problem-Solving Networks: An Analysis of a Critical Incident
2024 (English)In: Fire technology, ISSN 0015-2684, E-ISSN 1572-8099Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study explores how the Fire and Rescue Service can better prepare for solving complex problems in emergencies by using the concept of problems and problem-solving networks. Primary and secondary data from an extensive fire incident were analysed, including semi-structured interviews and incident assessment reports. Complex problems that arise during emergencies can be challenging to define, and solutions can be difficult to identify. However, this study demonstrates that breaking down complex problems into sub-problems can facilitate the identification of what kind of problem-solving network is needed to be able to solve problems in emergencies. Overall, this study contributes to a deeper understanding of the rationale behind problem-solving network in emergency situations and highlights the importance of relationships in problem-solving network to address complex problems during emergencies. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2024
Keywords
Emergency services; Fires; Complex problems; Complexity framework; Critical incidents; Fire and rescue services; Primary data; Problem space; Problem-solving; Problem-solving network; Secondary datum; Sub-problems; Complex networks
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-73259 (URN)10.1007/s10694-024-01582-0 (DOI)2-s2.0-85192705577 (Scopus ID)
Note

The research for this paper was financially supported by NordForsk within theproject Nordic Fire and Rescue Services in the Twenty First Century, No. 97830.

Available from: 2024-05-24 Created: 2024-05-24 Last updated: 2024-05-24Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, K., Heidenreich, S. & Baron, N. (2023). How to improve climate change adaptation in rural areas of the Nordic Region. In: Fast Track to Vision 2030: . Oslo: Nordforsk
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How to improve climate change adaptation in rural areas of the Nordic Region
2023 (English)In: Fast Track to Vision 2030, Oslo: Nordforsk , 2023Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Nordforsk, 2023
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-68440 (URN)
Funder
NordForsk
Available from: 2023-12-08 Created: 2023-12-08 Last updated: 2024-02-06Bibliographically approved
Janhäll, S., Eriksson, K. & Nordlöf, B. (2023). Multifunktionella klimatanpassningsåtgärder -Ansvar, arbetssätt och utmaningar.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Multifunktionella klimatanpassningsåtgärder -Ansvar, arbetssätt och utmaningar
2023 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Multifunctional climate adaptation measures – Responsibilities, cooperation and challenges Climate adaptation measures within already built-up urban environments is complex, due to several factors. A large number of actors are required for success, but both the responsibility of each actor and the distribution of responsibility between these actors are unclear. Success depends to a large extent on the ability to cooperate between the various actors operating in an area. This project uses interviews, co-production and literature studies to describe the challenges, identify blockages and support the collaboration between the various parties. The project identified uncertainties regarding the laws required to manage climate adaptation measures in built-up urban environments that we needed to address. This resulted in an expansion of the project with a focus on the law around climate risks regarding socially important activities which is presented in Climate adaptation of socially important activities – legal challenges, RISE report 2024:14, ISBN 978-91- 89896-59-8 written by Jenny Lundahl (2024). A newly created collaboration model is presented here focusing on the startup phase. It is supplemented with tips on methods and tools that can facilitate the work, and a description of different ways to sort how to single out responsibilities and where the cost for the measures taken will be localized.

Publisher
p. 27
Series
RISE Rapport ; 2023:149
Keywords
Klimatanpassning, organisationer, ansvar, samarbete Climate adaptation, cooperation, organisations, responsibility
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-72457 (URN)978-91-89896-39-0 (ISBN)
Note

Den presenterande studien är en del av projektet Multifunktionell UrbanKlimatanpassning i Samverkan (MUKliS). Författarna tackar Vinnova för finansiering.

Available from: 2024-03-27 Created: 2024-03-27 Last updated: 2024-03-27Bibliographically approved
Håkansson, M., Durgun, Ö. & Eriksson, K. (2023). “None of us was prepared”—Caring for vulnerable people during the heatwave in Sweden in 2018. Journal of Emergency Management, 20(4), 287-300
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“None of us was prepared”—Caring for vulnerable people during the heatwave in Sweden in 2018
2023 (English)In: Journal of Emergency Management, ISSN 1543-5865, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 287-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Climate change is increasing the risk for extreme weather events such as heatwaves, including in northern countries like Sweden, which until recent years has had limited experiences of coping with extreme heat. Based on predictions that Sweden will be more frequently exposed to heatwaves in the future, it is imperative to increase the societal resilience and adaptation measures. This paper presents a qualitative interview study involving 19 participants and their experiences of caring for vulnerable people during the heatwave in 2018. The participants represent four different organizations (working directly or indirectly with vulnerable people) in two municipalities in Sweden, including preschools, homes for the elderly, homecare services, and care homes for people with functional impairments, which were all impacted during the heatwave. This study contributes new empirical insights about the heatwave in 2018 and, in particular, similarities and differences in both experiences and adaptation measures across the four organizations. The findings show how both staff and vulnerable people suffered from the consequences of heat which increased vulnerability, how some organizations lacked enough (qualified) staff to secure routines, and that few evaluations and formal changes were done after the heatwave.

National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-67404 (URN)10.5055/jem.0785 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-09-26 Created: 2023-09-26 Last updated: 2023-09-28Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, K. (2023). Organisational learning without fire?: Risk analyses as a basis for developing crisis management capabilities. Safety Science, 163, Article ID 106144.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organisational learning without fire?: Risk analyses as a basis for developing crisis management capabilities
2023 (English)In: Safety Science, ISSN 0925-7535, E-ISSN 1879-1042, Vol. 163, article id 106144Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Risk analyses are seen as a vital tool for crisis prevention and developing capability to respond to future crises. In Sweden, all municipalities are required to perform risk and vulnerability analyses as a basis for their crisis management work. The aim of this paper is to study how and why a risk and vulnerability analysis can become a part of an organisational process for learning how to prevent and prepare for crises. This is done through a study of civil servants in Swedish municipalities and county administrative boards about how they develop and use risk and vulnerability analysis for creating a crisis management capability within the organisation. It is shown that the results from risk and vulnerability analyses normally are not transferred within or beyond the municipalities and that the learning within the organisation and within society is thus limited. © 2023 The Author(s)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier B.V., 2023
Keywords
Crisis, Learning, Municipality, Risk and vulnerability analysis, Risk analysis, Crisis management, Crisis preventions, Management capabilities, Organizational learning, Risk analyze, Risk and vulnerability analyse, Vulnerability analysis, Risk assessment, article, civil servant, human, vulnerability
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-64307 (URN)10.1016/j.ssci.2023.106144 (DOI)2-s2.0-85151806991 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding details: Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och Beredskap, MSB, 2010–2872; Funding text 1: This research was funded by The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) project PRIVAD No. 2010–2872.

Available from: 2023-04-25 Created: 2023-04-25 Last updated: 2023-04-25Bibliographically approved
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