CRISMART – Center for Crisis Management Research and Training

Research Projects

Governing for Societal Resilience

Collaboration between key social actors is necessary in order to prepare, protect and rebuild societies when hit by extreme situations. However, challenges still exist in how our understanding and our actions can achieve meaningful cooperation. There is a growing realization that we need to draw upon all of society's resources in order to solve our common problems. It is important to identify more closely the difficulties and success factors for cooperation in crisis preparedness and crisis management.

In efforts to address these issues, the Swedish Defence University has received funding from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) for the research project "Governing Societal Resilience". This project draws upon current research and makes significant comparisons between different sectors and countries in an attempt to strengthen our knowledge on these issues.

The project embraces the "whole-of-government" approach from public administration and the "whole-of-society" from the wider community. The need for effective strategies for planning and implementing such efforts is crucial.

The project is based at CRiSMART at the Swedish Defence with participation from Uppsala University, Stockholm Resilience Center, the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and the University of Utah in the USA.

The research conducted within the project has contributed to several publications.

Theory development

A number of CRiSMART products, including the scientific work that founded the center, deals with theoretical, conceptual and methodological development. Often, advances are made in direct contact with empirical analysis as CRiSMART is founded on an inductive approach to the research field. Nevertheless, generic knowledge has been compiled in a number of publications, mostly international and peer-reviewed. The main bodies of knowledge to which CRiSMART researchers have contributed include: crisis decision-making and process tracing, comparative case study research, leadership succession, organizational learning and change, institutional design, and warning response problems.

PhD Projects

The CRiSMART staff includes several PhD students who are currently in the midst of conducting research and writing their dissertation for some of Sweden's and the world's leading universities in the area of crisis management. Current PhD projects at CRISMART include the following: Stressing Knowledge Organisanisational closed-ness and knowledge acquisition under pressure, Mats Koraeus (mats.koraeus [at] fhs.se) ; Police methods against organized crime, Fredrik Fors; and The Changing Nature of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Lindy Newlove-Eriksson.

Within the research environment of CRiSMART, several researchers have successfully completed their doctoral studies addressing challenges and issues such as crisis management, crisis communication, strategic leadership, institutional learning, public administration, policy making disaster management, social anthropology, and environmental history.

EU funded projects

CRiSMART has recently competed its involvement in three projects financed by the EU: OPSIC, ATHENA and VASCO. In various ways, CRiSMART contributed to identifying and exploring best practices and the organizational and human factors fundamental to effective sense making and communication in crisis situations. In addition, CRISMART was involved in the evaluation, validation and live-exercise testing of the final products which were produced withinh these three EU funded projects.