CORONA, CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND DEMOCRACY
CNDS fellow, Mikael Granberg (Karlstad University) and his colleague, Stig Montin (University of Gothenburg) have recently published an article on the topic of whistle-blower protection at an extraordinary event (Covid-19 pandemic). By the means of their article, the two scholars aimed at shedding light on how two different institutional logics, one related to extraordinary events and the other related to freedom of information and whistle-blower protection for public employees.
DRIVERS OF CHANGE IN NATIONAL DISASTER GOVERNANCE
CNDS PhD student, Maximilian Wanner (Uppsala University) has published an article aimed at combining available data on DRR measures, natural hazard events, governance, and socioeconomic characteristics to provide a systematic assessment of the changes that have occurred in the state of DRR at the national level. In line with theoretical explanations, there are indeed associations between several measures of frequency and severity and the development of DRR status. Although these first results of a global comparative study on change in DRR have to be taken cautiously, it is a step forward to understanding the drivers of change at the national level.
POLICY CHANGE FOR IMPROVED DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
In this article, CNDS fellows, Daniel Nohrstedt, Maurizio Mazzoleni, Charles Parker and Giuliano Di Baldassarre (Uppsala University), investigate relationships between the frequency and severity of natural hazards and DRR policy change in 85 countries over eight years. The study shows that natural hazards are unassociated with improved DRR policy globally, while also unveiling variability in policy progress between countries experiencing similar levels of hazard frequency and severity.
POINT-ABSORBING WAVE ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEM
CNDS fellows, Eirini Katsidoniotaki, Anna Rutgersson and Malin Göteman and Erik Nilsson (Uppsala University) published an article where they evaluate the survivability of a point-absorbing wave energy converter at sea states along and inside the 50-year environmental contour for a selected-site in North Sea, by utilizing CFD simulations. Their work contributes to the identification of the design-waves given the environmental contour of the selected site.