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IMPLEMENTATION THROUGH COLLABORATIVE CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING: THE CASE OF DAM FAILURE IN SWEDEN
Building upon the field of collaborative crisis management, CNDS fellows, Erik Persson and Mikael Granberg (Karlstad University) published an article in the Journal of Risk Research, presenting their case study findings on contingency planning for dam failure risks.
In this study, they focus on events that can have broad and disastrous impacts on society, high degrees of uncertainty and potentially cascading effects, by conducting an in- depth case study of collaborative crisis management tasked with contingency planning for dam failure risk in a large river basin in central Sweden. Here they find that there was a lack in reach of the collaboration potentially limiting capacity and capacity building in ways that can limit preparedness and increase vulnerability in a crisis situation. They also found that contingency planning was treated as a demarcated project with a beginning and an end and not entirely as a continuous process.
ANCIENT ORAL TRADITIONS AND MASTERY OF NATURAL HAZARDS
CNDS fellows, Valentin Troll, Frances Deegan (Uppsala University) and their colleague Nadhirah Seraphine have researched the role of local legends in rationalizing the dynamic interaction between the volcano and the frequent regional earthquakes through the rich oral traditions and ceremonies in the districts around Merapi.
This type of ‘disaster sub-culture’ has at times led to friction between official civil protection authorities and local communities. In this context, the article reports on the experimental use of ancient oral traditions in hazard education in several primary schools around Merapi volcano and finds that hazard knowledge and preparedness have significantly improved with students in these schools relative to schools where these concepts were not yet employed.
Read the entire article on Wiley Online Library.