Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science

Collaboration with Government Agencies

CNDS collaborates with several government agencies. Key partners for collaboration are the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).

Collaboration with MSB

Research projects with MSB support

In December 2010, the application for the research project "To predict and mitigate natural disasters –Interdisciplinary cooperation" (in Swedish) was granted funding by MSB. This laid the foundation of CNDS and the CNDS Research School. Officially, the project started in 2011 and ended in 2014. 

CNDS consists of PhD students, postdocs, and senior researchers, all of which complement one another. The postdocs and senior researchers at CNDS are employed for two-year terms and since they already have valuable research experience, their research results are more quickly and regularly produced.

The PhD students, on the other hand, provide a more long-term approach to the research conducted at CNDS. Many of them are engaged in CNDS in one way or another for at least five years. 

Forum on Natural Disasters

CNDS and MSB have collaborated in the context of the regularly conference Forum on Natural Disasters since 2012. The conference has been planned and carried out by CNDS together with MSB and has been held four times since 2012. The conference is targeted to societal actors with an interest in reducing the risks and consequences of natural disasters and natural accidents.

MSB representation on the CNDS Board

In addition to the support MSB provides for research projects and the conference Forum on Natural Disasters, MSB is also involved in the management of CNDS. Bodil Lundberg represents MSB on the CNDS Board.

Coordinated research projects
  • Wireless sensor networks – Roger Bodén, postdoc, completed in 2013
  • Drinking water safety – Jean-Marc Mayotte, PhD student,  completed in 2016
  • Stakeholder coordination – Daniel Nohrstedt, senior researcher, completed in 2013
  • Learning from natural disasters – Charles Parker, senior researcher, completed in 2013
  • Swedish power grid vulnerability (new focus, previously emergency power) – Jon Olausson, PhD student,  completed in 2016
  • Landslide methodology – Caterina Melchiorre, senior researcher, completed in 2014
  • Learning from natural disasters – Jan-Olov Andersson, postdoc, completed in 2014
  • Decision support and collaboration – Beatrice Hedelin, postdoc, completed in 2013

Collaboration with Sida

In April 2008, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, began a collaborative project with the Central American coordination body CSUCA (Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano) with the long-term objective to mitigate the effects of natural disasters in Central America. The project "Research Capacity Building in Nature-Induced Disaster Mitigation in Central America 2008–2010" aimed to strengthen research capacity at eight universities in seven Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. The main focus was on educating 20 graduate students from the region, in cooperation with a group from a Swedish university. The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University was commissioned to establish a graduate school, and thereafter the Central American Natural Disaster Mitigation Research School (CANDIM) was founded and invited to participate in CNDS's activities.

Collaboration with the Swedish Transport Administration

Within CNDS there are also opportunities for externally financed PhD students to work on collaborative projects, which are based on a specific problem that their host organisation has defined.

CNDS collaborates with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) in a project on Climate and Transport. Monika Rydstedt-Nyman's PhD project focuses on extreme weather events that threaten the transport sector’s functionality and safety and on solutions to manage these risks. Monika defended her licentiate thesis Managing knowledge sharing of extreme weather induced impacts on land transport infrastructure: Case study of the Swedish Transport Administration in May 2016.